Strengthening the Fulbright connection

Fulbright New Zealand offers a range of exchange awards for Aotearoa New Zealanders wanting to study, research, teach or present their work in the USA.

On Tuesday 7 May, UC welcomed Fulbright’s Penelope Borland and Lauren Parsons to campus to speak with some of the University’s best and brightest and encourage them to apply.

L-R: Assoc. Professor Ekant Veer, Julia Torres, Lauren Parsons, Professor Cheryl de la Rey, Penelope Borland, Assoc. Professor Travis Horton, Professor Geoff Rodgers, Professor Maggie-Lee Huckerby, Ribu Dhakal

In speaking to the importance of ‘balance’ in their alumni, Executive Director Penelope Borland explained that the best applicants are not those singularly focused on their academic studies, but those who were also excellent ambassadors and advocates for the Fulbright vision.

The Fulbright Programme is an initiative of American senator J. William Fulbright who, in the aftermath of World War II, believed that mutual understanding between different countries and cultures was crucial to ensure a peaceful future for the world.

Programme Manager Lauren Parsons explained that being part of the Fulbright alumni network gave students and faculty an edge in the work they do while opening pathways for future work, whether it be furthering their research careers or considering career opportunities after graduation.

UC-based Fulbright alumni in attendance echoed those sentiments, sharing how their experiences with the programme had been both ‘life changing’ and deeply embedded in their memories. 

In telling the students in attendance about her experience, Fulbright alumnae Julia Torres explained,

“The Fulbright experience rearranges all the molecules in your body – it changes your outlook and how you view the world.”

UC Scholarships Advisor Pamela Chivers, who organised the visit in collaboration with Fulbright Events Coordinator Sarita Magan, was thrilled with the turnout of students at the information session.

“Hopefully this will generate some exceptional applications from well-rounded UC students for the Fulbright Awards.”

A sentiment shared by Associate Dean of Postgraduate Research (Scholarships), Associate Professor Ekant Veer.

“We are thankful for the time Fullbright spent with us and excited about what the future holds as the relationship strengthens.” 

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