New Zealand Excellence Awards for Indian students
Thirty-one talented young university students from India have received a 2017 New Zealand Excellence Award, Education
New Zealand (ENZ) announced today.
The students are pursuing undergraduate or postgraduate study in New Zealand in the fields of business, design or STEM
related programmes (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
ENZ Chief Executive Grant McPherson says India is a core trade, economic, political and education partner for New
Zealand, with two-way trade valued at around $2.5 billion.
“These top young scholars will further strengthen ties between our two countries, by contributing to a broader exchange
of ideas in our universities, building our respective research capabilities, and enriching New Zealand culture.
“I congratulate these students on being selected by their university for these awards, and I hope they succeed in their
studies and become lifelong ambassadors for New Zealand.”
Nineteen of the students received their awards in person at the annual India New Zealand Business Council (INZBC) Summit
in Auckland today, which is focussed on education and technology opportunities. INZBC invited a delegation from India to
take part in this summit.
The New Zealand Excellence Awards were established by New Zealand’s universities and Education New Zealand in 2016, to
increase the number of talented Indian students studying in universities here. All eight of New Zealand’s universities
are ranked in the top 450 in the QS world rankings.
This is the first round of the awards, and each scholarship has a value of NZD $5,000 towards the first year tuition
fee. The scholarships will be awarded again in 2018, and applications are due to open on 1 September 2017.
Last year, more than 28,000 Indian students came to study in New Zealand, making India the second largest source of
international students. Indian student enrolments at New Zealand universities are continuing to increase each year,
reflecting a market trend towards higher level qualifications.
The full list of 2017 New Zealand Excellence Award winners has been published on the Study in New Zealand website here.