Lucy McLean is looking forward to living in Buenos Aires for three months, working as an intern for a small start-up music business and studying Spanish. The Victoria University student is one of the 11 individual recipients of the second round of Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Latin America (PMSLA).

The scholarships were established in 2016 in order to build New Zealand’s connections with Latin America. This year Argentina and Peru are among the six study destinations chosen, together with Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico.

The 11 individual study programmes include university exchanges and business internships, as well as a Master of International Business degree. In addition, a group of 10 senior law students from University of Waikato will attend the Latin America Law Summer School in Chile early in 2018. The total value of the scholarships is $233,332.

Victoria University students were awarded five of the 11 individual scholarships.

Victoria’s Assistant Vice-Chancellor (International), Julia Innocente-Jones has welcomed Victoria’s success in this year’s round, especially given the importance the university places on Latin America. Earlier this year Victoria was selected as the lead institution for two Centres for Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs), one dedicated to Latin America and the other to South East Asia. As well as teaching about and researching these countries, the goal of the CAPEs is to help learners, exporters and government agencies improve their understanding of countries and their languages.

Tertiary Education Minister Paul Goldsmith says the scholarships will enable the students to develop cultural skills and understanding alongside their specialist subject knowledge.

“Young Kiwis who are confident operating in many countries and cultures will boost New Zealand’s future as a trading nation,” says Goldsmith.

The PMSLA programme is funded as part of the $761.4 million ‘Innovative New Zealand’ 2016 Budget package. Applications are now open for the first round of the 2017/18 PMSLA and will close on 30 October 2017.

Further information, including the names of the latest scholarship recipients, is available on the Education New Zealand website here.



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