SQUAD leader to take scholarship to Singapore

A third-year University of Adelaide mathematical and computer sciences student will continue his studies in Singapore in 2024, as part of the New Colombo Plan (NCP) international scholarship program.

University of Adelaide student and New Colombo Plan participant Preshaan Thavarajah

University of Adelaide student and New Colombo Plan participant Preshaan Thavarajah

Preshaan Thavarajah, who was awarded the NCP scholarship, will head to the National University of Singapore, where he hopes to further his understanding of mathematics, economics and finance, and make important industry connections.

“I hope to undertake several internships, including at Neuron Mobility, a leading e-scooter company accelerating the push towards a sustainable future,” Preshaan says.

“And I am looking to volunteer with the Halogen Foundation in Singapore – an inspirational organisation focusing on youth empowerment and development.”

The NCP is an initiative of the Federal Government intended to build knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region.

“Having been awarded the scholarship, I feel a sense of responsibility as an ambassador for Australia to deepen my understanding of Southeast Asia, in particular Singapore, and strengthen its relationship with Australia,” says Preshaan, who is also founder and president of the Society of Quantitative Analysis and Data (SQUAD) club.

“I congratulate Preshaan on his selection as the University’s NCP scholar for 2024,” said Dr Jessica Gallagher, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement) at the University of Adelaide.

“The NCP presents a fantastic opportunity to develop life-long connections with the people he will engage with during his time studying and interning in Singapore.

“The University has many connections with institutions around the world built on the strong relationships between like-minded people who come together to share ideas and common goals for a better future.”

NCP scholarships are open to eligible Australian undergraduates currently studying at Australian universities.

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