Congratulations to the New Zealand scholarship winners who are now graduates of the University of Canterbury.
New Zealand scholarships are offered to candidates from nominated developing countries around the world, and are funded by NZ AID.
UC currently has approximately 100 students under this scholarship scheme. They study in a wide range of subjects and degrees, which all focus on the particular developmental needs of each country as scholars are bound to return to their home country for two years at the completion of their study to help contribute to its development.
A ceremony was held on Monday to celebrate their graduation because New Zealand scholarship winners usually have to leave the country shortly after finishing their exams for visa reasons, so can’t attend graduation in December or April.
Douglas Aufiu (Solomon Islands, Bachelor of Commerce), Paul Oyier (Kenya, Master of Forestry Science), Christopher Ruigu (Kenya, Master in Water Resource Management), Doctor Segweni (Botswana, Postgraduate Diploma in Water Resource Management), Benard Mitto (Kenya, Postgraduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science), Xuan Dai Lu (Vietnam, Master of Engineering in Transportation) Front row: Naomay Norma Tor (Vanuatu, Bachelor of Science), Samanan Kittijarot (Thailand, Master of Laws), Florentine Masingnau (Vanuatu, Bachelor of Commerce), Ana Cecilia Rachid Casnati (Uruguay, PhD in Forestry).