Aker majority owner starts scholarship programme

Norwegians, or other persons with a strong link to Norway, have a new way to get financial support for studies at world leading universities, including NUS in Singapore, from a new scholarship programme.

It is Norwegian industrialist Mr. Kjell Inge Røkke and his wife, Ms. Anne Grete Eidsvig, who have established a non-profit foundation for education and a scholarship in cooperation with Aker ASA, the industry group of which Mr Røkke is the majority owner.

The objective of the Aker Scholarship is to inspire the recipients to contribute to the development of Norwegian business, industry and society to the benefit of generations to come.

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The Aker Scholarships will be awarded for studies at world leading universities including National University of Singapore (NUS).

“The fact that NUS has been chosen by the Aker Scholarships is a testimony both to the global standing of NUS and to the maturity of the collaboration between NUS and Norway. At the Norwegian Embassy we look forward to welcome the first recipients of Aker Scholarships to NUS and Singapore,” commented Tormod C. Endresen, Norway’s Ambassador to Singapore.

The target group is talented Norwegian individuals at master and PHD level, who have demonstrated great potential and motivation to contribute to society. The first Aker Scholarships were awarded for studies starting in September 2016, the same year Aker celebrates its 175th anniversary as an industrial group. Applicants must have lived in Norway for several years and speak Norwegian. The grant provides funding that complements other sources of financial support. The foundation is financed by donations from TRG AS, a family company owned by the family Røkke.

Source: Embassy of Norway Singapore

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