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Trinis win South Korean scholarships

By Sasha Harrinanan Thursday, August 14 2014

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SCHOLARSHIP SMILES: Chandradath Madho (left) and Meena Mahabir (right) are all smiles as they pose for a photo recently with Ambassador of the Republi...
SCHOLARSHIP SMILES: Chandradath Madho (left) and Meena Mahabir (right) are all smiles as they pose for a photo recently with Ambassador of the Republi...

Two Trinidadian students have been awarded scholarships by the Korean Government to pursue further education in the Asian nation.

Chandradath Madho, who holds a Master’s degree in Poverty and Development from the University of Manchester, will study for a PhD in Social Policy at the Pusan National University in Busan. Pusan National University is the second largest state-run university in Korea.

Meanwhile Meena Mahabir, who studied Digital Media Science at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), will study Film, Television and Multimedia at the Master’s level at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul. This university is well known as one of the top universities in Korea especially in Humanities and Social Sciences.

Madho and Mahabir are expected to leave for Korea in the last week of August. The Korean Government Scholarship was designed to promote international exchange and cooperation in education. It covers living and travel costs as well as tuition fees for the scholarship awardees’ four-year PhD degree or three-year Master’s degree programme. This includes one year exclusively for the learning of the Korean language.

Madho and Mahabir were selected in June by the Embassy’s Selection Committee which comprised professors from the St Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies and the UTT.

Madho said he expects that his PhD thesis “will evaluate best-fit strategies in Poverty Reduction relating to either labour protection or State-directed public assistance.

“A major research possibility relates to examining the challenges for labour protection in the Caribbean or elsewhere. This may be due,” Madho noted, “to precarious informal market constraints, ineffective minimum wage, or the need for buoyant collective bargaining.” He also spoke of a second possible PhD thesis, which is linked to probing conditional cash transfer schemes (CCTs) and their impact upon poverty eradication and human development. “Having done a Masters’ thesis at the University of Manchester on this topic with regard to a case study on Jamaica, I plan to extend the scope of my study. It would be great to critique the success of CCTs in Trinidad and Tobago as well as Jamaica,” Madho stated.

Fellow scholarship winner, Mahabir, said her goal in obtaining a Masters in Film, Television and Multimedia is to learn the “latest techniques of film and digital media, aesthetics and theories...both as significant forms of art and as social communication.”

She added that the programme at Sungkyunkwan University should enable her to read, write, and think critically about contemporary culture and media.

“I want to be able to learn the skills to produce my own art or media using digital technologies. I would like to be well prepared to pursue careers in media production, teaching, or writing and be a knowledgeable and responsible member of my communities,” Mahabir said.

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