Attracting the world's best and brightest students

27 August 2012

Ten academically outstanding international students from as far afield as Korea, the Philippines, the United States and Thailand have received Sydney Achievers International Scholarships to study at the University of Sydney.

The students, who join the 18 inaugural recipients of the scholarship from semester one this year, were selected for their exceptional academic results, based on the conversion of their academic record in their home countries into a University of Sydney grade point average (GPA).

The scholarships were announced last year with the aim of attracting more academically high achieving international students to study at Sydney.

Edward Prasetion Hosan recently finished his undergraduate degree at the University of Pelita Harapan in Indonesia, and is studying a Master of Commerce.

"By studying in Sydney, I want to get a new living experience, find and build new friendships and connections. The scholarship is really helping me financially, as the Australian dollar is very strong right now compared with my country's currency," says Edward.

"The University of Sydney has a good reputation and connection with employers, which will make it easier for me to find a better job after I graduate. The courses and subjects that the University offers are also really interesting, which makes me even more excited to enrol."

Already a successful yoga teacher and life and movement coach in Canada, Erin Tetarenko chose the University of Sydney for its unique Master of Coaching Psychology program.

"The Master of Coaching Psychology immediately resonated with me. I felt that the curriculum, including research, theory and practice of behavioural science, would be the perfect complement to the practical coaching training I studied previously," she says.

"After visiting Australian 10 years ago on a travelling holiday, I fell in love with the beautiful country and Australian lifestyle. I always knew I wanted to return, so when the opportunity to gain further knowledge at the postgraduate level arose I looked into the possibilities."

Undergraduate Sydney Achievers International scholarship holders receive $10,000 a year for up to three years, while postgraduates receive a one-off award of $10,000 at the commencement of their studies.

The University of Sydney currently has almost 50,000 students, of whom 22 percent are international students, representing 147 countries.

"We are delighted to welcome another cohort of academically outstanding international students to study at the University of Sydney," says Professor Derrick Armstrong, the University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Registrar.

"The University continues to attract exceptional students from a range of countries, adding diversity to its international student population. By awarding these scholarships, we aim to enable more promising students to come to Sydney and acquire skills which are closely aligned with their own aspirations for personal growth and career development."

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