The U.S. Department of State and the New Zealand government agency Education New Zealand announce a new partnership in support of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program.
The new partnership was announced on May 30, 2017 during the opening session of the NAFSA Annual Conference in Los Angeles. NAFSA is the world’s largest association dedicated to international education and exchange, and its annual conference is an important event for higher education institutions, stakeholders and governments from over 110 countries.
“The Gilman – Education New Zealand partnership is an affirmation of the strong cooperation between our two nations. Through this partnership, American students who otherwise would likely not study or intern abroad will now have a deeper understanding of the global economy and global challenges that we face together. People-to-people interactions between Americans and New Zealanders promote cooperation with one of our closest allies.” said Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Mark Taplin.
The Gilman scholarship has enabled over 24,000 economically disadvantaged American students to study or intern abroad, benefitting Americans from diverse backgrounds and institutions. Of the nearly 3,000 American undergraduate students supported in this exchange program each year, almost half are the first in their families to attend college.
New Zealand Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith welcomed the partnership, which will see Education New Zealand commit to providing $50,000 over the next two years, to support Gilman Scholars to study and/or intern for academic credit in New Zealand. This funding will be matched by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
ECA is dedicated to fostering mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly and peaceful relations. ECA accomplishes its mission through people-to-people exchanges, including educational exchanges, providing opportunities for over 50,000 individuals annually to participate.
More information can be found at www.GilmanScholarship.org.