The main purpose of the Scholarship is to assist international students who are citizens of Colombo Plan member countries, to study undergraduate or postgraduate engineering programmes at The University of Auckland.
Institutions can apply to host a specific Specialist from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars' (CIES) Fulbright Specialist Roster or make an open application to have a suitable Specialist assigned to meet their needs.
The major donors' intent was to help setup a scholarship that recognises the past education links between Malaysia and New Zealand under the Colombo Plan which saw a number of Malaysians being given the opportunity to study at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. They trust that this scholarship will carry on those traditions and support successful applicants from Malaysia in their study at the University of Canterbury.
The scholarship makes it possible for Masters students to complete work placements at NZPost which gives them valuable experience in collection management and related museum skills and in the process assists the agency with looking after the objects, art works, collections and documents in its head office in Wellington. This work fulfills their course requirements for MHST512 Practicum, MHST514 advanced practicum or MHST519 project, part of the Master of Museum and Heritage Studies, which mixes theory and practice in a workplace setting according to current best practice under the supervision of programme staff and industry consultants.