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$1.5 million to foster education links in Asia.

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Media Release


8 April 2005 MIN 1082A/05

I am pleased to announce that twenty Australian researchers will travel to Asia and twenty of their Asian counterparts will come to Australia this year as part of the Australian Government’s joint sponsorship agreement with the Cheung Kong Group.

The Australian Government will contribute $1.5 million over three financial years beginning 2004-2005 and has been matched dollar for dollar by the Cheung Kong Group, a leading Hong Kong-based conglomerate.

The Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Awards were established in order to attract high-performing scholars whose research will benefit the further development of the social and economic environments in Asia and Australia.

The awards provide up to $25,000 and enable recipients to undertake research for between four to six months in Asia and Australia. Participating Asian countries include China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

This exchange of world class researchers with our regional neighbours reflects Australia’s ongoing commitment to fostering education and research within the Asian region.

The researchers will be examining a broad range of subjects, including the free-trade proposal between Australia and China, power-system security and prostate cancer.

This programme is part of the Australian Government’s $92 million Endeavour Programme.

I wish all award recipients every success as they foster ties with our neighbours and

thank the Cheung Kong Group for the significant support it lends to this worthy endeavour.

Scholarship details are available at

Media Contacts: Dr Nelson’s Office: Yaron Finkelstein 0414 927 663 Dept of Education, Science & Training: Tony Mithen 02 6240 7174