Twenty Lincoln students are extending their academic year past exams but they are not complaining about the extra workload, as it involves a new culture, learning experiences, and international travel.
The group are undertaking a six-week agribusiness programme in Indonesia supported by the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) at the end of October.
It is new ground for the University from a course perspective, but the path has been well travelled as the group will be based at universities which Lincoln has a long-term relationship with.
There will be a mixture of lectures, field trips and time to get out and about. They will learn about Indonesian culture, economy and institutional systems, as well as New Zealand businesses operating in Indonesia, such as Fonterra.
They will also meet local students, local and international businesses and the local community, giving them a real taste of the markets which are increasingly important to New Zealand and helping them focus on agribusiness export opportunities for Kiwi producers.
It places the agribusiness theory they learn at Lincoln into an authentic Asian context, where they can learn Asian business practice and culture.
They will explore the supply chains for local as well as international foods and even attend cooking classes to learn about local preferences and ingredients.
They will also be sharing their experiences on social media.
It is intended the programme will be an ongoing part of Lincoln’s offerings.
About the PMSA
• The Prime Minister's Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) is a scholarship programme funded by the New Zealand government and administered by Education New Zealand. Established in June 2013, the scholarship is awarded to individuals and covers costs relating to study, research or internships in Asia.
• The scholarship’s goals include strengthening New Zealand’s ability to engage with key Asian trading partners and establish connections between New Zealand and other countries through participants building lifelong friendships and networks
• Approved destinations are ASEAN countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, as well as China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, India and Sri Lanka.
• To date, 751 awardees have travelled to Asia for their PMSA-supported programme.