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New Zealand and ASEAN
New Zealand is a long-standing and committed partner of ASEAN.
ASEAN and New Zealand have worked together over 35 years to build trade and business links, foster close political relationships and address regional issues.
Studying in New Zealand
New Zealand is known throughout the world for its space, natural beauty and tranquility. It is a friendly, multicultural nation of just over 4 million people.
New Zealand educational institutions observe and are bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. This means that international students studying in New Zealand can expect a high level of support.
New Zealand educational institutions and facilities are world class and an internationally recognised New Zealand qualification opens up new and exciting opportunities.
New Zealand ASEAN Scholars Awards for Cambodia
The New Zealand ASEAN Scholars Awards were introduced to Cambodia in 2005 under an agreement with the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) as part of the New Zealand bilateral development cooperation program.
New Zealand is offering up to 30 scholarships in the 2011 selection round for those who are working in the public, private or civil society sectors.
When and How to Apply
Television, radio and newspaper advertising of the New Zealand ASEAN Scholars Awards scheme run throughout May 2011. Application forms are available from IDP Cambodia.
Applicants must submit their completed applications to IDP Cambodia by 5.00pm, 15 July 2011.
To be eligible for a New Zealand ASEAN Scholars Award, applicants must:
• be a citizen of Cambodia and be residing in Cambodia;
• be 35 years or younger at the time of application;
• hold a Bachelor’s degree, of strong academic merit, relevant to the proposed postgraduate qualification (Note: NZAID gives preference to candidates who do not already hold a graduate degree from an industrialised country);
• be applying to commence a new qualification (not seeking support for one already commenced);
• satisfy the admission requirements of the New Zealand education institution in which the qualification is to be undertaken, including English language criteria;
• have a minimum three years work experience in Cambodia in their relevant public, private or civil society sectors and at least two years of this must be after completion of their highest qualification;
• not have citizenship or permanent residence status for New Zealand, Australia or another developed country, or be married or engaged to be married to a person who holds, or who is eligible to hold, New Zealand or Australian citizenship or permanent residence status;
• not hold or have held a New Zealand Government or Australian Government scholarship in the preceding 24 months at the time of application (excluding previous NZAID English Language Training for Officials scholarship recipients);
• have a minimum IELTS (Academic) result of 5.5 overall, with no band less than 5.0*
(* Some candidates may be provided IELTS testing following their interview);
• be available to take up the scholarship in the calendar year for which the scholarship is offered.
In addition, applicants must:
• have an appropriate work background for the anticipated field of study;
• be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to Cambodia’s public sector and/or private and/or community sector (as relevant), and to the development of Cambodia in general;
• satisfy New Zealand Government requirements for international student entry to New Zealand (medical and character checks etc.);
• not hold any other scholarship during the period of the NZAID-funded scholarship;
• in being offered and accepting a New Zealand ASEAN Scholars Award, agree in writing that they will return to Cambodia to take up a position that utilises their study skills for a minimum period of two years.
Officials from government agencies involved in NZAID projects are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates who do not hold the required IELTS result to commence postgraduate study in New Zealand (usually 6.5 overall with no band less than 6) must undertake pre-departure training for up to nine months in Cambodia prior to tertiary studies in New Zealand
Length and Level of Study
New Zealand ASEAN Scholars Awards are for full-time, multi-year postgraduate study at the Graduate Diploma or Master’s level in New Zealand.
Female and provincial candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
Field of Study
In line with New Zealand’s country strategy for Cambodia, scholarships will be awarded in the following priority sectors:
• agriculture, forestry, fisheries, water resource management, environment and natural resources, rural development, development studies, bio-security (quarantine, phytosanitation), food science, veterinary studies
• sustainable tourism, eco-tourism, tourism management
• law, justice, legal and judicial reform, human/gender rights, social work
• trade policy, international trade, economics, business
• public sector development, public policy, public management
English Training Stipend
In recognition that some students will be required to undertake full-time pre-departure English language training prior to postgraduate studies, the New Zealand Government pays a stipend to all candidates who undertake prescribed pre-course training in Cambodia.
The New Zealand ASEAN Scholars Awards covers tuition and orientation fees, an economy return airfare, a basic living allowance (including accommodation expenses), and medical and travel insurance. Assistance is provided for some course-related costs.
Applicants who are offered a New Zealand ASEAN Scholars Award will be asked to sign a statement declaring that they will comply with the conditions of the scholarship:
• full-time study of the approved programme;
• satisfactory academic progress;
• compliance with education institution regulations and NZAID’s scholarship conditions;
• compliance with New Zealand law as it applies to any agreement between awardees and the New Zealand Government;
• acceptance that the scholarship may be withdrawn by NZAID where awardees fail to comply with scholarship conditions;
• return to their home country for a minimum period of two years within 14 days of the completion date of the scholarship.
For further information on New Zealand ASEAN Scholars Awards, please contact IDP Education (Cambodia) within the ACE building at No. 46, Street 214, Sangkat Boeung Raing, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel:(855 23) 212 113
(855 23) 215 227
Fax:(855 23) 426 608
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