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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Group looks for Pinoy scholars to New Zealand

At least 18 post-graduate scholarship grants will be awarded to qualified Filipino applicants to study at the prestigious universities in New Zealand next year.

The Bato Balani Foundation Inc. (BBFI) is now accepting applications from Filipino professionals who are working with public, private sectors, and civil society organizations (CSOs) for postgraduate diplomas, masteral degrees, and doctorates.

BBFI-NZAS programme administrator Rena P. Lino, in a press briefing on Tuesday at the Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases, said this will be funded by the New Zealand Government, which has a tie-up with BBFI to look for qualified Filipino scholars through its New Zealand-Asean Scholars (NZAS).

There are a number of options from which a scholar can choose in varied fields of agriculture, tourism, governance, public sector, trade and development, disaster risk management and climate change adaptation, and renewable energy.

New Zealand Government has been giving out scholarship grants to Filipinos since 2009 for government employees, but it’s only now that it opened the opportunities for those who are coming from the private sectors and CSOs as well, according to Lino.

“The private and civil society groups can apply not by nomination from someone in the government,” she said, adding an applicant, who has at least two years of experience, will have more edge over others.
She said shortlisted applicants must also serve the Philippines at the end of the post-graduate studies to uplift the human resource in the country.

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By Antonio L. Colina IV