By: Caroline Fleming
Two Vietnamese students will head to two Bay of Plenty schools as some of the first recipients of a new government-led scholarship programme.
The New Zealand Schools Scholarship is the first of its kind exclusively offered to Vietnamese students and Rotorua’s John Paul College and Mount Maunganui College are ready to give the students a taste of the Kiwi lifestyle.
The scholarship provides part of the tuition fee for the first year of study for the students. Thirty-six New Zealand schools in nine regions are taking part.
A teacher from each college is currently in Vietnam visiting schools in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to promote the scholarship and explore further relations.
Mount Maunganui College principal Alastair Sinton said international connections for the school were highly beneficial for his students.
He said allowing them to connect with students from other cultural backgrounds was important to open their minds and expose them to the wider world, especially in light of recent events.
He said the school currently had a large international student base, with 60 students from all corners of the world.