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Attracting the world's best students to the University of Sydney


20 March 2012

"I looked at a number of different architecture faculties at universities in NSW, but Sydney was the best suited to me," says James Wang (right). [Image: Ted Sealey]
"I looked at a number of different architecture faculties at universities in NSW, but Sydney was the best suited to me," says James Wang (right). [Image: Ted Sealey]

Twenty-one academically outstanding international students will study at the University of Sydney this year after being announced as the inaugural recipients of the Sydney Achievers International Scholarships and the Dr Abdul Kalam International Scholarships.

Hailing from 15 different countries including Iran, Germany, China, the United States and India, the students will study in 12 of the University's 16 faculties.

Caroline Perinet and Alexandre Cadet, both of France, moved to Australia together to study the Master's of Electrical Engineering. Caroline earned a Sydney Achievers International Scholarship, while Alexandre won a Dr Abdul Kalam International Scholarship, awarded by the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

"Australia is seen as a bit of a dream country in France for its culture and environment," says Caroline.

"Most French students go to the UK to study. We wanted to improve our English by studying in an English-speaking country, but also to spend time in Sydney's beautiful environment and relaxed culture."

James Wang of China was also attracted by the University's setting, which he hopes will inspire him in his Bachelor of Design in Architecture.

"The University of Sydney's traditional buildings are inspirational - they're classic," James says.

"I looked at a number of different architecture faculties at universities in NSW, but Sydney was the best suited to me. I liked Sydney's emphasis on the philosophy and theory behind architecture, and the broad education fits me really well."

Caroline Perinet and Alexandre Cadet. "Australia is seen as a bit of a dream country in France for its culture and environment," says Caroline (right). [Image: Ted Sealey]
Caroline Perinet and Alexandre Cadet. "Australia is seen as a bit of a dream country in France for its culture and environment," says Caroline (right). [Image: Ted Sealey]

Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Registrar, celebrated the cultural and academic diversity of the scholarship winners at a congratulatory morning tea held this week.

The recipients were selected for scholarships based on the conversion of their academic record in their home countries into a University of Sydney GPA.

"When the University established these scholarships in July 2011, the intention was to attract some of the brightest minds to undertake study at the University of Sydney. We also wanted to diversify the countries from which our scholarship recipients came, and to ensure the scholarships were made for study across the University's vast range of disciplines. We have certainly achieved these goals," Professor Armstrong said.

"By awarding these scholarships, we aim to enable more promising students to come to Sydney, particularly at a time when the strength of the Australian dollar can make it more difficult to travel to Australia. We hope these scholarships can make a real difference to our students' time at university," said Professor Armstrong.

The Sydney Achievers International Scholarships and the Dr Abdul Kalam International Scholarships were announced last year with the aim of attracting more academically high achieving international students to study at Sydney.

The University of Sydney currently has almost 50,000 students. Around one-fifth of them are international students, who come from more than 130 countries.


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