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Another step forward for NZ Research

Hon Pete Hodgson
Minister for Tertiary Education

6 August 2008 Media Statement

Another step forward for NZ Research

New Zealand research took another step forward with Top Achievers Doctoral Scholarships awarded to thirty-two top doctoral students, Tertiary Education Minister Pete Hodgson announced today.

“The government recognises that a healthy and vibrant research sector is essential for the economic and social development of New Zealand,” said Pete Hodgson.

“Attracting and retaining high quality researchers plays a big role in growing New Zealand’s intellectual capital. By supporting research excellence, the government is building a solid base of researchers for the future.”

Top Achievers Doctoral Scholarships are awarded to students undertaking research in a variety of disciplines at a New Zealand or overseas tertiary institution. If the research is undertaken overseas the student must return to New Zealand on the completion of the scholarship for a period equal to that of the scholarship.

The newly awarded Top Achievers Doctoral Scholarships include:

• Research into the physical activity of New Zealand children.

• Developing accessible, low-cost Uku earth housing with rural Māori communities.

• Investigating ways to improve diagnoses of coronary heart disease.

• Statistical modelling to determine the health of premature babies.

• Investigating the effects of American culture on New Zealand life during the post-war period.

“This round of scholarship recipients represent a rich variety of disciplines. While some research will contribute directly to innovation, other topics will help us to gain important insights into our society and culture, giving us a deeper understanding of the way we live,” said Pete Hodgson.

The Tertiary Education Commission administers the scholarships. The list of successful recipients can be found here

The next funding round for Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarships closes on 10 December 2008.


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