Norway announces major scholarship program

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WEDNESDAY, 08 FEBRUARY 2012 MIZZIMA NEWS

Mizzima – The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will offer scholarships to qualified Burmese nationals to pursue a master’s degree program at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok.

Up to 40 master’s students per year for three years will be recruited starting in August 2012. Any Burmese national who meets the AIT admissions requirements is eligible to apply.

The scholarship package will cover all tuition and registration fees, a research grant, bursary and accommodation, study-associated costs for a pre-bridging program (up to four weeks in Burma), a bridging program at AIT (up to eight weeks), and the master’s degree program. A return air ticket between Rangoon and Bangkok will also be provided.

In addition to the AIT admissions application forms, applicants need to submit a three-page essay (in Burmese) explaining the reason for applying to AIT and how they can contribute towards the future development of Burma in the short, medium and long term.

AIT will conduct a national level pre-screening step, and a pre-selection interview panel in Burma will be followed by a final selection by the AIT schools.

AIT is closely coordinating with the Norwegian embassy in Bangkok, as well as with collaborative partners in Burma to set up a local application center in Rangoon. A detailed announcement of the scholarship program will be available this week.

The Asian Institute of Technology was established in Bangkok in 1959. AIT is a leading regional postgraduate institution and is actively working with public and private sector partners throughout the region and with some of the top universities in the world.

The Institute operates as a self-contained international community at its campus located 40 km (25 miles) north of Bangkok.

For more information, go to http://www.ait.ac.th/about

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