Chinese students are keen to take advantage of two new international education scholarships, Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) council chair Sarah Brown said.
Mrs Brown, who has just returned from a three-day SIT visit to China to discuss opportunities with Suqian government leaders and potential SIT students, said the new SIT Invercargill City scholarship had been matched by a similar scholarship from Suqian City.
“We had developed the scholarship to give a Chinese student the opportunity to study here, and the Mayor of Suqian Wang Tianqi has also come up with a similar scholarship to encourage young Chinese to come to Invercargill,” she said.
Suqian City signed a letter of intent to establish a friendly city relationship with Invercargill City Council in November last year to develop trade and educational opportunities.
Mrs Brown said the Foreign Affairs Office in Suqian had also been particularly interested in study opportunities through SIT.
“Madam Zhang, the head of the Foreign Affairs Office, introduced us to a number of students who want to go overseas and study, and she was extremely positive about the opportunities SIT offers. The Foreign Affairs Office is very much behind what we are trying to achieve.”
She said the SIT Invercargill City scholarship already had one applicant.
“Both sides are looking at also doing three week exchanges, as we already do with Rissho University from Japan to introduce the students to SIT and the study options.”
“It was a very successful trip and I think we will see more Chinese students as the relationship becomes embedded,” she said.