Putting heart and Seoul into stud­ies

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

MAN­NING res­i­dent Justin Free­man will study in South Korea this year thanks to a Fed­eral Govern­ment schol­ar­ship.

The third year Mur­doch Univer­sity sci­ence stu­dent will be based at Yon­sei Univer­sity in Seoul, funded by a New Colombo Plan Schol­ar­ship worth up to $65,000.

Mr Free­man was also made a New Colombo Plan Fel­low, mean­ing he was the best can­di­date of all stu­dents go­ing to Korea un­der the schol­ar­ship.

“It’s a very sur­real ex­pe­ri­ence hav­ing won some­thing I wanted so much and worked so hard for,” Mr Free­man said.

“When I read the email in­form­ing me of the schol­ar­ship, I al­most jumped out of my skin with joy to know all my hard work had paid off.”

Mr Free­man was for­merly a botanist in en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sult­ing for sev­eral years be­fore be­gin­ning his Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Physics and Nan­otech­nol­ogy at Mur­doch Univer­sity.

He said he hoped to gain a new aware­ness of the world of sci­ence and in­no­va­tion through his ex­pe­ri­ence in South Korea.

“South Korea is one of the lead­ing coun­tries in sci­en­tific re­search and de­vel­op­ment, they’re also huge lead­ers in green tech­nol­ogy and ma­te­rial sci­ence,” Mr Free­man said.

“I also hope to build a strong un­der­stand­ing of Korean cul­ture and an abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate with lead­ers in sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy.

“By build­ing in­sti­tu­tional re­la­tion­ships and net­works at Yon­sei Univer­sity I am hop­ing to open up op­por­tu­ni­ties in re­search and col­lab­o­ra­tive projects that will ben­e­fit both Aus­tralia and South Korea in fu­ture sci­en­tific en­deav­ours.”

Mr Free­man was one of 100 Aus­tralian stu­dents to earn the schol­ar­ship un­der the New Colombo Plan.

He was se­lected on aca­demic per­for­mance and com­mu­nity lead­er­ship.

He will travel to Seoul in Fe­bru­ary.

Justin Free­man is pre­sented his schol­ar­ship by For­eign Min­is­ter Julie Bishop and Gov­er­nor-Gen­eral Peter Cos­grove.

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