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Wanted: Leaders of Tomorrow!

Victoria McEniery
Victoria McEniery
Victoria is the International Marketing Co-ordinator at the University of Otago. In the summertime, you'll find her on the back of a Harley Davidson cruising through the Central Otago countryside.

Are you motivated to make a difference at home? Do you have strong academic or work skills? Do you have leadership ability or potential? Are you willing to return home for at least two years and help with the social, economic or political needs in your own country?

New Zealand-ASEAN Scholar Awards (NZAS)

If you said yes to all the above questions, then the New Zealand Department of Foreign Affairs and trade have New Zealand-ASEAN Scholar Awards (NZAS) that you can apply for.

They recognise New Zealand’s close cultural, economic, and geographic ties with Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

The scholarships seek to empower individuals with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to contribute to the economic, social, and political development of their region.


These scholarships are awarded to students focusing on subjects that support sustainable development.

This means different things for different countries, but some examples are qualifications in renewable energy, agriculture, fisheries, disaster risk management, natural resource management, health, and education.


Each student who earns an NZAS scholarship benefits from

  • Top quality education from the University of Otago
  • Fully-funded tuition
  • Financial support
  • Personal and academic support
  • The possibility of bringing your family
  • A pre-departure briefing and academic preparation.


You can find more information at the following website:

In the meantime, enjoy reading blogs from some of Otago’s ASEAN scholars:

  • Van Nguyen from Vietnam, who has graduated with a Master in Entrepreneurship
  • And our newest blogger, Sri Themudu from Malaysia who is about to start his Master of Entrepreneurship this year.
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