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15 Filipinos off to New Zealand on postgraduate scholarships

MANILA, Jan. 28 — Fifteen outstanding Filipino students have been granted postgraduate scholarships by the New Zealand government under its New Zealand-ASEAN Scholars Program with funds from Wellington’s development aid program in Manila.

The postgraduate studies (diplomas, masteral and doctorate) are in agriculture, governance and public management, environmental management, and renewable energy, according to the New Zealand embassy in Manila.

At their send-off party, New Zealand Chargé d’Affaires Andy White congratulated the awardees, saying “the selection process is a competitive one, and it is an achievement for all who have been selected.”

“I encourage you to make the most of your time in New Zealand, to enjoy what the country has to offer, and also to work hard so that when you return you are better able to contribute to the development of the Philippines,” he added.

Engineer Alvin Libay of First Gen Corporation, a scholar on renewable energy, said the program “will provide me with a unique learning experience in the field of renewable energy resources that will be valuable in contributing to the development of the energy sector in the Philippines.”

The New Zealand-ASEAN Scholars Awards are open to eligible candidates from the public, private and civil society sectors.

This acknowledges the significant contribution of the private and civil society sectors to the country’s social and economic development, but also recognizes the New Zealand Aid Programme’s objective of supporting the Philippine government to strengthen public service capacity. (PNA) scs/GJB

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