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Extra $15m for Australia-Asia student exchange.

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The Hon Julia Gillard MP

Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister for Social Inclusion Deputy Prime Minister

7 July, 2009

Media release

Extra $15m for Australia-Asia Student Exchange

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today extended the Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Scholarship Program for a further 10 years at a signing ceremony in Melbourne.

The unique partnership between the Australian Government and leading Hong Kong-based company, Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited will continue to support international education exchange and research links between Australia and Asia.

Cheung Kong’s generous contribution of $7.5 million over 10 years will be matched by the Australian Government.

The funding will provide for about 2000 student exchanges and research fellowships for Australian and Asian scholars.

These scholarship opportunities will foster long-lasting education, research and professional linkages between individuals, institutions and countries.

That leads to further strengthening the bilateral ties between Australia and our Asian neighbours.

The Australian Government sincerely thanks Cheung Kong for its ongoing commitment to the scholarships and educational exchanges between Australia and Asia.

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