Melbourne students receive Australia Awards

December 13 / 125

Several University students have received prestigious Australia Awards Endeavor Scholarships and Fellowships.

The awards will help the recipients undertake study, research and professional development overseas.

Two undergraduate and three graduate students were offered the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award which will allow them to undertake study and an internship in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan.

Nine of the students are recipients of the Endeavour Research Fellowships and will undertake research projects in the United States, United Kingdom, Turkey, France, Indonesia and China.

The University also received three staff Endeavor Executive Fellowship awards.

Bachelor of Arts student Nicholas Fabbri was offered the Prime Minister's Australia Asia Outgoing Undergraduate Scholarship to study at The University of Nottingham in Ningbo, China.

“I'm incredibly humbled and excited for the opportunity to study and work in China for over a year,” Mr Fabbri said.

“Given the importance of the bilateral relationship between Australia and China now and into the future, it is essential to develop robust links to ensure the relationship is underpinned by trust and understanding.

“The Australia Awards are a fantastic way to achieve this, and represent an excellent investment in the youth of Australia.”

Master of Architecture student Danielle Mileo was awarded the Prime Minister's Australia Asia Outgoing Postgraduate Scholarship to study at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan.

“As an aspiring architect I have a vision that my career will do more for the world than produce buildings of sound aesthetic sensibility. I have a desire to use my creativity to make positive change.”

Associate Director of Global Mobility Programs Nigel Cossar said the awards recognise students with strong academic, community and leadership potential so it was pleasing to see strong recognition of Melbourne students.

“These particular awards are some of the most prestigious awarded to university students and staff in support of student mobility programs – with a strong focus placed on engagement and participation in Asia,” he said.

The awards are funded by the Australian Government and administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade the Department of Education and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

For more information on the awards and the 2014 recipients, go to: http://www.education.gov.au/australia-awards-endeavour-scholarships-and-fellowships.

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