New Zealand Embassy Manila, The Philippines

Filipinos Awarded New Zealand Development Scholarships for 2010

Twelve Filipinos have been awarded postgraduate scholarships that will allow them to study in New Zealand under the New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) programme.

New Zealand Embassy chargé d’affaires Andy White congratulated the scholars during their pre-departure briefing held recently at the embassy. He recognised that it was a major achievement to successfully hurdle the rigorous and competitive NZDS selection process that is administered by the Commission on Higher Education in conjunction with the embassy.

The scholarship programme comprises about 30% of New Zealand’s official development assistance to the Philippines, or about 35 million pesos per year. The NZDS awardees will study courses in New Zealand that will directly support the objectives of New Zealand’s development assistance programme in the Philippines and the Philippines’ own development goals. The scholars will take postgraduate university courses in subjects such as environmental planning, public management, development studies, public policy and political science.

Last year, in response to the Department of Education’s request for technical assistance in reading recovery, five teachers were given scholarships to complete a one-year reading recovery diploma course in New Zealand. This year, the New Zealand granting three more scholarships to students of reading recovery.

Reading recovery is a world-renowned and highly successful early literacy intervention programme developed in New Zealand to decrease the incidence of reading and writing difficulties among primary schoolchildren. The five scholars who have returned to the Philippines after studying in New Zealand are set to pilot the implementation of the reading recovery programme in four regions of the Philippines beginning this year. The Philippines will be the first country in Asia to implement this specialised programme.

In his remarks, Andy White told the scholars that New Zealand was investing heavily in scholarships to support the Philippines’ human resource development needs. “An NZDS scholarship is an opportunity for you to further develop your skills so that you can contribute more meaningfully towards the achievement of the Philippines’ development goals”, he said. He also encouraged the scholars to take the time to travel around New Zealand and to learn more about its culture and people.

New Zealand Development Scholarships for 2010 have been awarded to:

  • Cromwell Teves (Master of Resource and Environmental Planning, Massey University)
  • Johana Jadoc (Master of Commerce and Administration, Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Melanie Pimentel (Master of Philosophy, Massey University)
  • Joan Abes (Master of Environmental Policy, Lincoln University)
  • Ma Carmela Valencia (Master of Management, Massey University)
  • Carmelo Orbista (Master of Arts by thesis major in Political Science, University of Canterbury)
  • Ana Liza Mirador (Master of Public Management, Victoria University of Wellington)
  • James Juganas (Master of Development Studies, Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Raymund Tan (Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management, Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Gloria Buya-ao (Graduate Diploma in Reading Recovery, University of Auckland)
  • Esperanza Dias (Graduate Diploma in Reading Recovery, University of Auckland)
  • Joel Lopez (Graduate Diploma in Reading Recovery, University of Auckland)

For further information please contact Imelda Benitez at the New Zealand Embassy, Manila on 891-5358.
News item originally posted Tuesday, 12/1/10

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