New Zealand invites Filipino students to apply for scholarships

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  • Filipino students are invited to apply for scholarships in New Zealand
  • The invitation was made by New Zealand Ambassador to the Philippines David Strachan who said that  24 post-graduate scholarships are offered to Filipinos annually
  • Scholarships offered are in three sectors:  disaster risk management, agri-industries and renewable energies

New Zealand Ambassador to the Philippines David Strachan urged Filipino students to try their luck in bagging one of the scholarship slots being offered by his country.

According to Strachan, they offer 24 post-graduate scholarships to Filipinos annually in three sectors to include disaster risk management, agri-industries and renewable energies.

“We would like to get more students from Mindanao including Moro students and Lumad students to apply for these scholarships,” Strachan was quoted saying in an article published by ABS-CBN News.

As such, Strachan disclosed that Filipinos are among the fastest growing student populations in New Zealand with a recorded number of about 3,600 students in 2015.

In addition, he added that there was an 83 percent increase in the number of Filipino students going down to the courses in New Zealand; noting that his country has eight universities that are ranked among the best in the world.

Meanwhile,  Ben Burrowes, Regional Communications and Strategic Relations Manager in Southeast Asia for Education New Zealand, stressed that  their country is the only nation in the world that has all of its universities on the top 500 worldwide.

The education system in New Zealand is a three-tier model which includes primary and intermediate schools, followed by secondary schools (high schools) and tertiary education at universities and/or polytechnics. The academic year in New Zealand varies between institutions, but generally runs from early February until mid-December for primary schools, late January to late November or early December for secondary schools, and polytechnics, and from late February until mid-November for universities.

In 2009, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), ranked New Zealand 7th best at science and reading in the world, and 13th in maths. The Education Index, published as part of the UN’s Human Development Index consistently ranks New Zealand among the highest in the world.

Those interested in the program may visit their website to get more scholarship details.