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Tertiary students link with business

16 March 2005

Tertiary students link with business - scholarships

Sixty research projects linking tertiary students with industry and other organisations have been approved under the Enterprise Scholarships programme, Education Minister Trevor Mallard announced today.

"The range of projects approved by the Tertiary Education Commission this round shows better linkages are being developed between tertiary education providers and industries," Trevor Mallard said.

"The research projects cover a wide range of subjects and industries. They include a project looking at the relations between geology, soil and sauvignon blanc in Marlborough, research on nutrition, market and brand research on a range of products from the screwcap closure wine to blindness products, encryptors and value-added seafood products.

"One of the really positive aspects is the fact that companies are embracing the programme for projects that have a solid commercial underpinning. The outcomes are going to help them with their bottom lines. On a broader level they reflect our government's strong commitment to growth and innovation,” Trevor Mallard said.

Enterprise Scholarships support New Zealand students to undertake a course of study involving a significant research component at a New Zealand tertiary education institution. They are undertaken in partnership with private companies or public organisations such as city councils or crown research institutes, with half the funding for a student provided by the organisation, matched by the government contribution.

The scheme supports study and research (with a minimum of 20 per cent research) at PhD, Masters, Honours, post-graduate Diploma, post-graduate Certificate and level 7 NQF (3rd or 4th year under-graduate) levels.

Organisations benefit by having access to talent, technology, knowledge and training — by working with students and research teams from any discipline area to develop improved processes, business solutions, to train existing staff and identify potential future staff. There are four rounds of funding per year with just over $167,000 allocated this round for 2004-05 and total funding for these students of just under $450,000 over the full period of their study.

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