The University of Technology Sydney
The Walter Mersh Strong Scholarships was established in 1946 from a bequest of £35,000 from Dr. WM Strong of Port Moresby. The Walter Mersh Strong Scholarships encourage education and research in subjects pertinent to the respective needs of the then territory of Papua.
The University of Technology Sydney is a public research university situated in Sydney, Australia. Though its origins are said to trace back to the 1870s, the university was established in its current form in 1988.
As of 2021, the university enrolls 45,221 students through its 9 faculties and schools. The University of Technology Sydney is considered one of the world’s leading young universities (under 50 years old), rated 1st in Australia and 11th in the world by the 2021 QS World University Rankings Young Universities.
The University of Technology Sydney is a member of the Australian Technology Network, the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning, and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
The university’s history originates from the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts (the oldest continuously running Mechanics’ Institute in Australia), which was founded in 1833.
In the 1870s, the School created the Workingman’s College, which was later taken over by the NSW government to form, in 1882, the Sydney Technical College.
In 1940 the NSW Parliament passed an Act to set up an Institute of Technology, which in 1964 led to the establishment of the New South Wales Institute of Technology (NSWIT).
However, in 1968, the NSW Institute of Technology amalgamated with the NSW Institute of Business Studies. In 1976 NSWIT founded the first law school in NSW outside the university sector. The Haymarket campus then officially opened in 1985.
On October 8, 1987, university status was granted to NSWIT, which was followed by the passing of the University of Technology, Sydney, Act 1987. Thereafter, it was reconstituted as the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) on 26 January 1988, along with the incorporation of the School of Design of the former Sydney College of the Arts.
In 1989, the University of Technology, Sydney, Act 1989 (NSW) formed UTS by engrossing the Kuring-Gai College of Advanced Education (KCAE) and the Institute of Technical and Adult Teacher Education (ITATE) of the Sydney College of Advanced Education.
By 1991, an academic system of nine faculties and 25 schools was set.
The School of Design was originally housed at a campus in Balmain, which closed at the end of 1994, with the school moved to a new building at the city campus.
Furthermore, the environmental, biological, and biomedical science schools were found on campus at St Leonards, which was closed in 2006, and was also relocated to the city campus following a redevelopment.
Benefits of the Scholarship
The Walter Merch Strong Scholarships cover the following:
- Services Amenities fees (SSAF)
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
- visa application fee
- A return economy airfare between Port Moresby and Sydney
- Developed Skills for Academic Success Program (ASAS) (compulsory four-week program)
- a book allowance of $350 per semester for two semesters only.
Please note that the Walter Merch Strong Scholarships is invulnerable for the CRICOS-registered duration of your study, subject to satisfactory academic performance.
Requirements for Walter Mersh Strong Scholarships
To be qualified for Walter Mersh Strong Scholarships, each candidate must meet the following requirements:
- be a citizen of Papua New Guinea
- have an unconditional offer to study a Master of Agriculture and Environment, Master of Public Health, Master of Global Health, Master of Education, or Master of Social Work
- have applied for admission in Semester 1 and obtained an unconditional offer of admission by 31 October in the prior year
- have an Australian bachelor’s degree with excellent results, as considered by the University of Sydney.
How to Apply for Walter Mersh Strong Scholarships
Interested and eligible for Walter Mersh Strong Scholarships, Go to the University Of Sydney on www.sydney.edu.au to apply. Note that no application is required. Qualified students who apply for admission to eligible courses will be assessed automatically.