Eight University of Waikato students are off to Asia next year, after being awarded the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA).
Funded by the New Zealand government and administered by Education New Zealand, the PMSA programme aims to strengthen New Zealand institutions’ connections with their counterparts in key Asian countries, and improve the international skills of the New Zealand workforce.
Students selected to receive the PMSA are expected to display academic strength and personal attributes such as independence, initiative, maturity and confidence so they can represent New Zealand in a positive way.
Two students will be winging their way to Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, with Chloe Chooi completing an exchange in A trimester next year, and Israel Finnigan completing an exchange in B trimester.
Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam is the other destination of choice for Waikato students, with Rebecca Brosnan intending to complete a two month business internship with CRCC Asia, and Daniel Cossey heading to the city to complete a biological internship with CRCC Asia.
“I feel a mixture of excitement and nerves over embarking on such an amazing opportunity to complete a marketing internship in Ho Chi Minh City,” says Rebecca Brosnan.
“I feel humbled to be a PMSA recipient, because without the scholarship I wouldn’t have been able to do an internship abroad. Additionally, I feel even more honoured to represent my country and the University of Waikato in Vietnam,” says Rebecca.
Waikato students were also part of a group proposal in partnership with Victoria University, where nine students (including four from Waikato) will be heading to Seoul, South Korea, for a six week internship and cultural experience.
The four Waikato students heading to Seoul are Justin Marc Govender, Kaneihana Dewes, Crystal Chung and Jacob (Jake) Angus.
Whilst there, the students will get the opportunity to experience university life in Korea, partnering with local students as ‘buddies’.
One of the students selected, Kaneihana Dewes, says, “I feel incredibly honoured to have been awarded the PMSA to Seoul, and am excited to embark on this amazing journey to experience the city, language and culture.”
“The basis of my studies and what I represent is the development and encouragement of intercultural connections, and I believe this experience will help build on being a Māori interface on an international forum.”