Business students win Prime Minister’s scholarship for international exchange programme

Leanne Ho

Leanne Ho

Serena Low

Serena Low

Congratulations to Leanne Ho and Serena Low, who have won the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia for their exchange programme in Semester 1, 2017. Leanne has won her scholarship for a semester exchange to Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Serena for Korea University. Leanne is majoring in Market Insights: Marketing, Advertising, Retailing, Sales and Serena in International Business.

The Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA) is a programme funded by the New Zealand government and administered by Education New Zealand. For individuals on exchange, the scholarship covers tuition fees, return economy airfares, contribution towards living and accommodations costs, medical/travel insurance, and visa and/or vaccine fees.

We caught up with Leanne and Serena and asked them about winning the scholarship.

Q. What does winning the scholarship mean to you?
Leanne: This scholarship is significant as it not only carries with it much prestige, but it means that I can be financially supported to embark on an experience of a lifetime. The award encourages New Zealanders to venture out and learn from Asia, but for so many like myself, it can be financially difficult to raise the funds given the demands of being a student. Winning this award will definitely open doors to knowledge and appreciation for a young person like myself - and that's something you can't necessarily put a value on.

Serena: Winning this scholarship goes beyond just a financial support. It allows me to fulfil a previously unattainable dream to study overseas, gain priceless life skills, and it also brings me one step closer to graduating. The prestige of winning a Prime Ministerial scholarship has also become a catalyst to being offered an internship with a global PR firm while I am in Korea.

Q. How are you going to make the most of this opportunity?
Leanne: Given that the scholarship will financially support my time at Nanyang Technological University, it will give me a better capacity to get involved with campus life and experience the local cultural dynamics. Outside of campus, I hope to attend corporate events to learn from industries operating so optimally in what is globally known as the financial hub of Asia. It will also allow me to travel to the wider regions of Asia where I will be able to immerse myself into rich histories and local insights and adopt vital cross-cultural skills, all of which I hope to use back in New Zealand.

Serena: To constantly have something to strive towards whilst I am in Korea, I have set out goals and objectives than span across social, business and cultural areas of development. This includes joining clubs, business networking and learning Korean cuisine. I have also been studying Korean through language exchange with native speakers so a language barrier doesn’t hinder my opportunities.

Q. What are you most looking forward to during your exchange programme?
Leanne: Since it’s the first time I'll be away from home, I anticipate challenges that will allow me to grow professionally, as a student and as a human being. I believe this is something critical when transitioning from a graduate to a young working professional. I also can't wait to make friends on this trip with people who share the same wanderlust as me. And of course, since I'll be in the heart of South East Asia - THE FOOD :)

Serena: First and foremost, I'm looking forward to making lifelong relationships with the people I meet in Korea. By going overseas as an exchange student rather than a tourist, I have the opportunity to meet and connect with a wider range of people. I'm also looking forward to learning international business with a first-hand context at both Korea University and at my internship.

Last updated: 23-Jan-2017 3.00pm

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