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University PhD candidates win two Prime Minister's Australia Asia Awards


10 December 2012

Khanh Thi Quoc's PhD research will provide an in-depth understanding of the economic development of Vietnam.
Khanh Thi Quoc's PhD research will provide an in-depth understanding of the economic development of Vietnam.

Two PhD candidates from the University of Sydney have won a 2013 Prime Minister's Australia Asia Award.

The Prime Minister's Australia Asia Awards provide the opportunity for top students from the Asian region to immerse themselves in the academic and social cultures of their host countries in Australia and Asia through research, study and work placements.

Ms Khanh Thi Quoc Phan from Vietnam and Ms Rosmawati from Indonesia will receive a scholarship and will also have the option of completing an internship while in Australia.

Ms Rosmawati holds a Master of Arts from the South China University of Technology in the People's Republic of China and a Sarjana Sastra (equivalent to Bachelor of Arts) from the Universitas Methodist Indonesia.

Her doctoral research explores the development of a model that assists students of English during their process of learning the language.

Khanh Thi Quoc holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney and a Master of Economics from the University of New South Wales.

Her doctoral research will look at firm-level competition among enterprises in Vietnam, and how reforms/privatisation has encouraged such firms to overcome current inefficiencies in order for them to participate in global markets. It is expected the research will provide an in-depth understanding of the economic development of Vietnam.

The awards are part of the Australia Awards initiative, which brings together the Endeavour Awards administered by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education and the Development Awards administered by AusAID.


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