NZ Ambassador Kell Promotes Scholarship at BSU

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, more and more individuals are seeking opportunities to gain a global perspective and experience in their field of study. This is where the Manaaki New Zealand Scholarship Programme comes in. The scholarship program provides fully-funded opportunities for international students to pursue postgraduate studies in New Zealand, with a focus on specializations that are important to the region.

Recently, the NZ Ambassador, Peter Francis Tavita Kell, visited Benguet State University to promote the scholarship program and discuss the opportunities it provides. Along with him was Dyan Mabunga Rodriguez, the NZ Aid Programme Manager, who provided specifics and requirements of the scholarship program.

During the visit, Ambassador Kell highlighted the importance of not only gaining a world-class education but also experiencing New Zealand's culture and people. The promotion included showcasing several universities in New Zealand, such as Massey University, the University of Otago, the University of Auckland, and the University of Canterbury.

The visit was attended by 80 faculty members and staff from different colleges and units, who actively participated in discussions about the scholarship opportunities. One of the significant takeaways from the discussion was that the Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships offer fully-funded postgraduate scholarships for Master of Arts (MAs) and Doctorate in Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in various specializations. The scholarship is open to individuals aged 40 and below, with only 16 slots allotted for Filipino applicants. Grantees will receive a full scholarship, stipend, and other benefits shouldered by the featured universities.

Furthermore, President Felipe Salaing Comila highlighted the significance of scholarships, particularly those offered by the Manaaki New Zealand Scholarship Programme. He acknowledged the value of international education, stating that it not only provides access to world-class education but also promotes cultural exchange and international understanding. He encouraged students and faculty members to take advantage of scholarship opportunities and to pursue their studies abroad.

Comila also emphasized the importance of international relations, stating that it is crucial for BSU to establish partnerships with universities and institutions from other countries. He acknowledged the role of internationalization in promoting academic excellence and enhancing research and development. He expressed his commitment to strengthening BSU's partnerships with other institutions and promoting internationalization at the university.

In line with this vision, Comila also shared his plans for BSU to become an international school. He expressed his desire for the university to offer programs that are globally competitive and to establish partnerships with international institutions. He emphasized the importance of faculty development and capacity-building to achieve this goal.

Comila's message underscores the importance of scholarships, international relations, and internationalization in promoting academic excellence and enhancing the university's research and development. With his vision for BSU to become an international school, the university is poised to take a significant step toward becoming a world-class institution.    

The scholarship prioritizes the following areas of study: catastrophe risk reduction, indigenous studies, renewable energy, food security, and conflict studies, climate change and environment, and cultural diversity. By offering these specialized programs, the scholarship program aims to prepare scholars to make a significant impact in their respective fields and contribute to the growth and development of their home countries.

Overall, the visit of Ambassador Kell and Ms. Rodriguez provided a great opportunity for Filipino scholars to gain insights into the Manaaki New Zealand Scholarship Programme. The scholarship program provides an excellent opportunity for international students to pursue their postgraduate studies and gain valuable experience in New Zealand. As the world continues to change and global perspectives become increasingly vital, the scholarship program is an excellent chance for scholars to develop their skills, and knowledge and contribute positively to their communities.

To end the forum, International Relations Office (IRO) Director, Maria Luz D. Fang-asan, expressed her gratitude to the Ambassador for including the university in their scholarship program.//OGDacocotJr.