30 January 2019 at 9:00 am
Kiwi students become ambassadors in Beijing
More than 70 Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia awardees and academics joined New Zealand Embassy staff in Beijing in December to form connections and learn about New Zealand’s relationship with China.
The students represented three cohorts from Massey University and the University Canterbury. Two of the groups were based at Peking University, while the other had been studying in Hangzhou.
This marks the second year in a row that PMSA groups have come together at a function at the New Zealand Embassy in Beijing.
New Zealand Ambassador to China, Clare Fearnley, welcomed the visitors and provided an update on the China-New Zealand relationship. Other Embassy staff, representing a range of government agencies from the Ministry of Primary Industries to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade were present to talk to students about their roles and areas of interest.
ENZ Regional Director North Asia, Adele Bryant, said it provided a great opportunity to encourage the students to be ambassadors for New Zealand education during their stay in China.
“These students are ideally placed to help raise the profile of New Zealand education, as they are great examples of the kind of students we produce – independent thinkers, and creative, innovative and skilled young people.”
Massey University’s Head of the School of Humanities, Kerry Taylor, also believes in the value of the programmes to students, both now and in their future.
“The PMSA provides an opportunity for our high academic achievers to experience first-hand the dynamism and relevance of China to New Zealand,” said Kerry.
“Many will come back to do more study in China or develop business links with China that will contribute to New Zealand’s prosperity.”