The University of New South Wales, Australia (UNSW Australia) has strengthened its relationship with India with the announcement of a new scholarship program targeting bright Indian students who may not have the financial capacity to attend a top 50 university in the world.
Under the Future of Change scholarship program, 10 lucky recipients will receive $10,000 each and one student will have their full tuition fees paid for. The program is exclusively for Indian citizens, living in India.
President and Vice Chancellor of UNSW Australia, Professor Ian Jacobs, announced the Future of Change scholarship program at the Nehru Memorial Museum. He was on a three city tour of the country to strengthen education, research and knowledge exchange with India.
"India's higher education gross enrolment ratio stands at 18% in comparison to the OECD average of 27%," Professor Jacobs said. "Students are looking for opportunities to study abroad and India is forecast to have the world's fastest growing mobile student outflows by 2020."
UNSW Australia is looking to hear from India's brightest minds. Those interested need to have achieved above a certain academic level and they need to submit a video with their application when entries open 9 January 2017.
The Future of Change scholarship program reflects UNSW Australia's international standing in global education. A top 50 university in the world, UNSW Australia is a leading teaching and research university in Australia. In 2016, it received the most government funding for research (A$150 million) of any Australian university.
Other UNSW Australia scholarships exclusive to Indian students are PhD scholarships for the University's Canberra campus and its Scientia program. Indian and Sri Lankan students can apply for undergraduate scholarships with the UNSW Business School.
This latest offering is part of UNSW Australia's commitment to India's higher education sector. In November 2016, the University launched the Diya ('light') initiative which aims to educate 100,000 Indian students over the next ten years using online and blended learning and classroom teaching.
The University just launched a new online Masters program in public health in Indiatogether with Apollo Hospitals and Medvarsity. They are partnered with Tata Consulting Services in research, and with the Indian Government on SWAYAM and its Smart Cities agenda. In July 2016, UNSW Australia appointed former Indian diplomat Amit Dasgupta as its inaugural India Country Director.