Scholarship opens door to Asia

18 June 2014

Scholarship opens door to

University of Waikato Japanese language
student Aaron Stewart will be putting what he’s learned
into practise when he heads off to Japan on an Asian studies
programme in August.

Aaron is one of the recipients of a
Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia, and will spend one
semester at Kansai Gaidai University near Osaka studying
Japanese language and culture papers.

“I was really
excited when I heard I’d got the scholarship. I can see
myself working in Japan in the future, maybe in
international business relations, tourism or education.
I’m looking forward to experiencing the culture first-hand
and meeting lots of new people.”

The former Western
Heights High School student from Rotorua is in the second
year of a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Japanese at
Waikato University. This will be his second trip to Japan,
and Aaron says what he loved about it last time was how
different it was to New Zealand.

“You’ll see ancient
shrines and temples, then ultra-modern bullet-trains and
technology. It’s such a place of contrasts. And being
surrounded by the Japanese language will definitely help me
improve my language skills.”

Prime Minister’s
Scholarships for Asia 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

Applications are now open for the next round
of scholarships and close on 28 September


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