Putting heart and Seoul into studies
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.