Fourth-year Bachelor of Laws student Jasmine Retief has always been intrigued by the Chinese culture and language – and now she will get the chance to visit the country.
Jasmine has secured one of the prestigious Prime Minister’s scholarships for Asia, which enables her to go on a 17-week exchange to Shanghai International Studies University (SISU).
New Zealand and China relationship
“I’ve always been amazed at how much of the world spoke Chinese, and impressed with the good business relationships that New Zealand has with China,” says Jasmine.
“This exchange is a great opportunity for me, as ultimately I would like to have a career where I could continue to develop the relationship between New Zealand and China.”
Jasmine is completing a graduate diploma in Chinese, which has helped to develop the language side of things.
Prime Minister’s Scholarship
The scholarships cover overseas study, research or internships ranging from six weeks to two years at undergraduate or postgraduate levels at top institutions in China, Japan, Korea, India and ASEAN countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia.
Funding of $9 million over five years was provided in Budget 2013 for the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia as part of the Government’s Internationally Focused Growth Package. In the inaugural PMSA announced in December 2013, three Waikato University students were awarded scholarships.