upGrad GSP students: recipients of the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s International Excellence Scholarship

Last 1 February 2024, Charles Sturt University proudly announced that two outstanding students from upGrad GSP, Namya Kumar from GSP India and Elmeriz Vicaeli Bassig from GSP Philippines, have been awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s International Excellence Scholarship. This scholarship recognises academic excellence, community contributions and alignment with the core values of Charles Sturt University: inclusivity, insight, impact and inspiration.

The Vice-Chancellor’s International Excellence Scholarship is the university’s largest scholarship for international students, valued at 50% of the students’ tuition fees for the entire duration of their respective courses. This scholarship not only acknowledges academic achievement but also celebrates students’ commitment to community engagement.

Namya Kumar and Elmeriz Vicaeli Bassig, both pursuing healthcare-related Bachelor’s degrees in Port Macquarie—in Nursing and Paramedicine, respectively—exemplify the calibre of students that this scholarship seeks to support.

Charles Sturt Vice-Chancellor Professor Renée Leon recognises the crucial role international students play in its global contributions. “Supporting international students to pursue their higher education dreams strengthens our ties with international partners and enriches our regional campus communities,” he stated.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) Mr. Mike Ferguson welcomed the students, expressing anticipation for the valuable contributions they will make to the university and their communities. “Namya, Elmeriz, and Gaurab will be valued members of our student community, and I look forward to welcoming them to Charles Sturt,” he added.

The scholarship, awarded for the first time in 2024, attracted applications from 70 candidates, with 10 shortlisted and three ultimately selected. Applications for the 2025 Vice-Chancellor International Excellence Scholarship are expected to open in mid-2024.

Charles Sturt University boasts a strong student community with students from around Australia and the world–24% of the students are international students from 113 countries. International students can gain the Australian experience and benefit from Charles Sturt University’s diverse and inclusive community, which fosters a welcoming environment for students from different walks of life.

The upGrad GSP team congratulates the successful scholars and highlights the significance of the opportunity to recognise academic achievement and community contributions. This also encourages students like Namya Kumar and Elmeriz Vicaeli Bassig to continue embodying values which led to this well-deserved recognition, highlighting the fruitful partnership between Charles Sturt University and upGrad GSP.

Most importantly, this achievement strengthens upGrad GSP’s mission of providing students around the world with access to educational choices and achieving their goals that will positively change their lives and ultimately impact the world for the better.

To learn more about the exciting study opportunities available for international students with our partner institutions in Australia, please visit our upGrad GSP platform or contact our Business Development Managers for more information.

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