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Indian scholars will help rebuild Christchurch, NZ

New Zealand’s government has awarded NZ$150,000 in scholarships to some of India’s top students in partnership with Christchurch Educated and the Canterbury Development Corporation, in an effort to build ties with India and plug a skills gap to help with the rebuilding of the city.

Kuwait to give 4,500 study abroad scholarships

Kuwait's ministry of higher education is to give Kuwaiti students 4,500 scholarships to study abroad in 2013-14. The scheme is designed to improve Kuwaiti human capital with awardees studying majors that accord with labour market needs. The awards can be used at top universities in 13 countries, although details of these are yet to be published.

Ireland: new scholarships to build trade ties

Ireland has launched a scholarship scheme for students from emerging markets in a bid to increase trade ties. Promoting Ireland as a study destination is "a priority area in the government's Action Plan for Jobs 2013," said Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn.

Azerbaijan increases scholarships

The Azeri government has significantly expanded its Education Abroad Programme to encourage more students from Azerbaijan to attend top foreign universities – increasing funding and the number of universities recognised under the scheme.