Dr Kalam scholarships scheme encourages further study for international students

29 July 2011

Dr APJ Kalam, former president of India and distinguished scientist and technologist, has demonstrated his support for international students wishing to study engineering and IT at the University of Sydney with the establishment of a new merit-based scholarships scheme.

Under the new Dr Abdul Kalam International Scholarships scheme, 10 merit-based scholarships will be awarded annually to eligible international students seeking admission to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs within the Faculty of Engineering and IT. The successful candidates will have 50 percent of their tuition fees covered by the scholarship fund.

The announcement comes following Dr Kalam's visit to the University of Sydney in May, when he was awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his outstanding global contribution to the profession of engineering.

Professor Archie Johnston, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and IT, says, "These scholarships represent Dr Kalam's commitment to education and his endeavours to support outstanding students to develop as future leaders.

"The scholarships are available to all new international applicants, and are timely given the current challenges for international students studying in Australia. The scheme is also part of our ongoing commitment to expand the faculty's scholarship program, giving more students the ability to reach their full potential."

The establishment of the Dr Abdul Kalam International Scholarships scheme follows the announcement of the University's Sydney Achievers International Scholarships program, available to new international students commencing study at the University in 2012.

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