Two University of Waikato computer science students have been awarded a New Zealand Excellence Award for India from Education New Zealand. Adithya Gulab and Samskar Palavarapu are both studying a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science.
They were presented with their awards in Auckland at the annual India New Zealand Business Council (INZBC) Summit. Each student received $5000 to put towards his tuition fees.
ENZ Chief Executive Grant McPherson says India is a core trade, economic, political and education partner for New Zealand, with two-way trade valued at around $2.5 billion. “These top young scholars will further strengthen ties between our two countries, by contributing to a broader exchange of ideas in our universities, building our respective research capabilities, and enriching New Zealand culture.”
Thirty-one presentations were made in total to Indian students studying in New Zealand.
The awards were established by New Zealand’s universities and Education New Zealand in 2016 to increase the number of talented Indian students studying in universities here.
The scholarships will be awarded again in 2018, and applications are due to open on 1 September this year.
Last year, more than 28,000 Indian students came to study in New Zealand, making India the second largest source of international students. Indian student enrolments at New Zealand universities are continuing to increase each year, reflecting a market trend towards higher-level qualifications.