New Zealand invites Pinoys to apply for scholarships

Angelo Caballero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 17 2016 04:26 AM | Updated as of Nov 17 2016 04:42 PM

New Zealand Ambassador to the Philippines David Strachan invites Filipino students to try out for scholarships in their country. Angelo Caballero, ABS-CBN News

DAVAO - New Zealand Ambassador to the Philippines David Strachan on Wednesday called on Filipino students to try out for scholarships being offered by his country.

Strachan said they annually offer 24 post-graduate scholarships to Filipinos in three sectors: 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," he said during a press briefing in Davao.

He said that Filipinos are among the fastest growing student populations in New Zealand, with about 3,600 students in 2015.

"There was an 83 percent increase in the number of Filipino students going down to the courses in New Zealand," he said.

And rightfully so, as New Zealand has eight universities that are ranked among the best in the world, he said.

"We are also the only country in the world [that] has all of its universities on the top 500 worldwide. So our products [have] quality," said Ben Burrowes, Regional Communications and Strategic Relations Manager in Southeast Asia for Education New Zealand.

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