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Six new Enterprise Scholars

2 November 2005

Six new Enterprise Scholars get a chance to link with business

Six students from around New Zealand have been awarded Enterprise Scholarships by the Tertiary Education Commission.

Enterprise Scholarships encourage students to study and research in partnership with private companies or public organisations, such as crown research institutes and city councils.

“The scholarships help build links between businesses and their local tertiary education institutions. This enhances the ability of these companies to carry out the kind of research and development they need to stay ahead,” said Janice Shiner, Tertiary Education Commission Chief Executive.

The scholarships give companies the opportunity to train potential future employees or up-skill current employees.

Scholars can study at PhD, Masters, Honours, post-graduate Diploma, post-fourth year under-graduate) levels. Their study needs to include a minimum 20 percent research component.

The latest round of scholarships cover a range of subjects and industries, such as business, management, medical biochemistry and clinical chemistry. A full list of recipients is listed below.

“The research projects are good examples of how everyone involved – students, universities and businesses – believes they can benefit from putting good ideas into practice and working together collectively,” said Janice Shiner.

Administered by the TEC, the scholarships provide an annual stipend which is funded jointly by companies and the government.

There are four rounds of funding a year and the final 2005 round closes on 30 November 2005.

“We encourage students, tertiary education institutions and businesses to consider this scholarship. It is a good way to fund research that will build stronger links between businesses and tertiary institutions, and help develop the knowledge economy we are all striving for,” said Janice Shiner.

Name of scholar Company Host education organisation Degree level Research title

Joshua McDermott Douglas Pharmaceuticals Ltd Lincoln University Masters Lens Cytoskeletal Profile During Development and Disease

Andrew McCarthy Windflow Technologies Ltd University of Canterbury Masters Windflow Technologies Ltd: Strategic Business Plan Minaxi Patel Thought Group Ltd Auckland University of Technology PhD The potential for New Zealand indigenous plants in the formulation of novel alcoholic drinks

Hamish Bennie Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited University of Canterbury Masters Reducing “On Farm” Energy/Emission and the Economics of its Adoption

Daniel Drabble Methanex NZ Ltd University of Canterbury Honours Creep Rupture Properties in Design

Lynne Bang Fonterra University of Waikato PhD The health benefits of honey in place of sugar in milk products More information on the Enterprise Scholarships is available on the TEC website (www.tec.govt.nz).

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