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Next generation of city shapers to build their skills at Bond

November 17, 2017

The Abedian Foundation has teamed up with Bond University to give the next generation of city shapers the opportunity to further build their skills through the new Abedian Foundation Master of Architecture Scholarships.

The four scholarships which cover full tuition are being generously funded by the Abedian Foundation in partnership with Bond University, and have been named in recognition of Dr Soheil Abedian’s longstanding support of the University and, in particular, its highly-acclaimed Abedian School of Architecture.

Sunland Group Limited founder and Abedian Foundation president, Dr Soheil Abedian, said the new scholarships would provide students with the opportunity to pursue specialist post-graduate education.

"In Iran, where I grew up, a lot of young people were not allowed to study because of long-running religious persecution, but when I came to Australia many doors opened for me," he said.

"I believe education is not about one cohort of people; we are all a part of society and every single one of us deserves the opportunity to study, which is why I am so passionate about these scholarships.  

"I really believe the heart of education is the education of the heart. The future of the world is in the hands of our students and we must invest in them."

Bond University Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Tim Brailsford, said the University's award-winning architecture school would not have been possible without the Abedian Foundation and Dr Abedian's generous contributions.

"We have been so fortunate to find someone who shared our vision and who has personally supported the realisation of that vision in Dr Abedian," said Professor Brailsford.

"Dr Abedian and Sunland Group have supported many students who have come through our doors by way of internships, career opportunities and networking and we will forever be appreciative of their support.

"The architecture school carries the Abedian name in recognition of these outstanding contributions."

Professor Brailsford said the scholarships would support students transitioning into the Master of Architecture Program, enabling them to take the next step in achieving their career ambition. These new scholarships will bring the total number of students supported at Bond University by Dr Abedian to nineteen.

"Both the University and our students are extremely grateful for Dr Abedian and the Foundation, with this new scholarship program representing a significant opportunity for our next generation of architects."

The Abedian Foundation Master of Architecture Scholarships are offered to Bond University students who are commencing the Master of Architecture program in the January 2018 semester.

The scholarships will be awarded under two categories, with the Abedian Foundation Master of Architecture 'Scholarship' awarded to two eligible students based on academic merit, while the Abedian Foundation Master of Architecture 'Award' will be awarded to two eligible students based on financial need.

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