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International education grants announced

6 June 2002 Media Statement

International education grants announced

The first International Education Visits Fund (IEVF) grants were announced today by Education Minister Trevor Mallard.

The grants, administered by the Ministry of Education, aim to improve overseas understanding of New Zealand’s education and qualifications systems.

“The IEVF scheme, which is part of the Government’s Export Education Strategy, aims to improve awareness and understanding of New Zealand education internationally,” said Trevor Mallard.

“It does this by assisting New Zealand educators to meet with and provide information to their counterparts and education policy makers in countries that are, or could become, important to our export education industry.”

Grant recipients are: Abbas Bigdeli, engineering lecturer at the University of Auckland; Maria Leilani Carter, teacher and NZQA moderator for music; Lindsey Conner, lecturer, Christchurch College of Education; Professor David McNeil, lecturer, Lincoln University; and a joint grant to Dr Don McNicoll and Dr Brad Jackson of Canterbury and Victoria Universities.

- Abbas Bigdeli will be using his grant to visit tertiary institutions and meet with study abroad and education officials in Iran to promote understanding of New Zealand engineering degrees.

- Maria Leilani Carter will be giving presentations on the New Zealand arts curriculum at the Lincoln Centre Institute for the Arts Education in New York and J Paul Getty Museum and research and teacher resource centres in Los Angeles.

- Lindsey Conner will be presenting a paper at the International Organisation for Science and Technology Education symposium in Brazil. Ms Conner will build the profile of the New Zealand school education system and demonstrate innovation in teaching and science education in New Zealand.

- Dr David McNeil is currently using his IEVF award to visit institutions in Germany to enhance articulation of undergraduate and postgraduate students between New Zealand and Germany. He will also gain an understanding of the new Bachelaureate and Masterate system for higher education in agriculture, the German Fachhochule system, the German University system and the Low Countries system.

- Dr Don McNicoll and Dr Brad Jackson have been awarded a joint IEVF grant to undertake a mission to the Mekong Region to give presentations on the structure and content of New Zealand business degree programmes.

After their placements IEVF grant recipients will submit reports, which will be made available to other institutions through the Ministry of Education’s website.

The Ministry of Education will be holding a second 2002 IEVF round, closing on 2 September 2002. For further information regarding the IEVF scheme, please refer to the Ministry of Education website


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