Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb today welcomed outstanding Indian student Uttam Kumar back to Australia to commence his career-changing postgraduate studies at the University of New South Wales.

Uttam was the winner last year of Austrade’s global ‘Win your future unlimited’ competition and will commence a one year Master of Science & Technology (Engineering Materials) course at UNSW on 28 July 2014.

“International education contributes so much to Australia, to our economy and our community. Students come here because they know that an Australian education will set them up for a great future in work and life,” Mr Robb said.

“The Australian Government is determined to encourage the development of a strong international education sector. So I’m pleased the ‘Win your future unlimited’ competition carried the Australian education story to the world,” he said.

In 2013, Austrade issued a challenge to students from around the world to compete for a year of free study in Australia by designing a postcard describing how an Australian education would help their careers.  Almost 37,000 entries were received from 190 countries; and seven weekly finalists visited Australia for a two week study tour before Uttam was declared the final winner.

Uttam grew up in a village in the northern Indian state of Harayana and went on to win a place at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology. His interests are in developing materials to alleviate pollution and enhance environmental sustainability.

He will blog about his experiences in Australia via Austrade’s Study in Australia website: www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/uttams-blog. Prospective and international students can follow Uttam’s journey by regularly visiting his blog or by liking the Study in Australia Facebook page for regular alerts.

The competition received support from major sponsors – Educational Testing Services (ETS), the National Australia Bank, Qantas, Telstra and the University of New South Wales – as well as 21 of Australia’s tertiary education and training providers.

Uttam won a package of benefits to support his stay in Australia, including one year’s study; a year’s accommodation; a NAB bank account of (AUD) $15,000 for fortnightly payments;  and return economy flights to Australia, among other benefits.

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