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Scholarship winner bound for Japan

Monday, 14 November 2011


ECU student Amanda Parks is getting ready to pack her bags for Japan, thanks to a scholarship from the Prime Minister of Australia.

Amanda is the only WA recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Outgoing Undergraduate Award, which will enable her to spend a year studying at Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU), followed by an internship at a Japanese company of her choice.

Studying a double degree in marketing and Japanese, Amanda is looking forward to living in, and learning from, a culturally diverse county.

“I’m particularly interested in small business marketing and helping Australian businesses sell their products in Japan and vice versa,” Amanda said.

“Studying  Japanese at TMU, as well as sitting in on their marketing classes, will help me learn the vocabulary used in the industry and get a better understanding of the marketing techniques used in Japan verses Australia.”

Amanda will fly to Canberra to attend a briefing, followed by an awards night at Parliament House. She will then jet off to Japan in March 2012 to start her year abroad.

“I am honoured to receive such a prestigious award and look forward to making the most out of this amazing opportunity,” said Amanda.

The Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Outgoing Undergraduate Award provides students from across Australia the chance to further their degree by undertaking studies at a number of leading universities across Asia.

Amanda is one of 20 students across Australia to receive the scholarship, worth over $50,000. There is also an equivalent scholarship available for postgraduate students.

For more information on the awards visit the Australian Government website.   


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