University of Newcastle students win prestigious Australia Awards

Australia Awards

19 December 2013

Two University of Newcastle students have been selected among the nation's best, receiving the highly competitive 2013 Australia Awards to continue their research and studies overseas.


Funded by the Australian Government, the annual series of scholarships and fellowships is designed to develop the next generation of global leaders by supporting the nation's leading students to undertake study and research overseas, and give top international students the opportunity to attend Australian universities.
 
University of Newcastle Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Advancement), Mrs Winnie Eley, said the Australia Awards provided a valuable opportunity for students to develop their skills and knowledge in a global context and foster professional links.
 
"I am delighted that Newcastle's students have been successful in receiving the Australia Awards among such a competitive national field."
 
Dr Andrew Gardner has been awarded an Endeavour Research Fellowship to continue his research into sports-related concussion at London's Institute of Psychiatry, King's College.
 
"Given Australia's great affinity with contact sports and the high levels of participation across our football codes, establishing a better understanding of post injury neurological changes and the reasons why some athletes go on to develop dementia later in life requires considerable attention," Dr Gardner said.
 
"The Endeavour Research Fellowship provides me with an invaluable opportunity to access the latest technology and join world-leading academic colleagues at the Institute of Psychiatry to develop a greater understanding about concussion and traumatic brain injury, and many other neurological and psychiatric syndromes."
 
Also from the University, Rebeca Tamas has been awarded the Prime Minister's Australia Asia Outgoing Undergraduate Scholarship. Ms Tamas is studying secondary teaching and will attend Yamaguchi University in Japan to explore why Japanese students perform better in some areas than their Australian counterparts. In the spirit of exchange, she will offer her own expertise in better equipping Japanese teachers with English skills training in local primary schools.
 
Mrs Eley said four international scholarship recipients who were at the top of their disciplines will be hosted by the University in 2014:

  • Valentina Wanghi from Italy was awarded an Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship and will be studying a PhD Research in Geochemistry
  • Endeavour Research Fellowships were awarded to Dujrudee Chinwong from Thailand who will undertake research in public health, and Yusnita Rifai from Indonesia for Postdoctoral research in Chemical Sciences.
  • Hanny Hosiana Tumbelaka from Indonesia was awarded an Endeavour Executive Fellowship for Professional Development.

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