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The awards, which were presented to 20 undergraduate and 20 graduate students from across Australia, provide students with up to $63,500 to undertake international research, study or an internship internationally.
Students can undertake work in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Thailand or Vietnam.
Postgraduate students Francis Shand and Philippa Brant and undergraduate students Jessica Rae, Joel Tito, Joy Han and Nina Lim were presented their scholarships at a presentation in Canberra this week.
University of Melbourne Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Global Engagement Professor Sue Elliott says the awards recognize the outstanding work of the students and rewards their commitment to academic pursuits.
“All six students that we nominated received awards,” she says.
“This is fantastic recognition of the quality of work of students at the University of Melbourne and provides a unique opportunity for our students to continue their learning and academic endeavours in an international context with our closest neighbours.
“The students are to be congratulated on their outstanding achievements.”
The scholarship program was announced as part of the Government’s response to the 2020 summit.
According to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations the awards aim to develop ongoing education, research and professional links between individuals, organizations and countries and provide an opportunity for students to increase their skills while enhancing their global awareness.