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Scollary awarded scholarship to teach in Europe

Dr Geoff Scollary, Honorary Principal Fellow in the School of Chemistry at The University of Melbourne, has been awarded an Erasmus Mundus scholarship commencing in September this year to participate in a master’s program for the international wine industry.

Funded by the European Union, the scholarship will allow Dr Scollary to deliver a series of lectures on wine chemistry to students in the Master degree program known as the International Vintage Master course.

In addition, Dr Scollary will address students on the Australian wine industry as well as present research seminars at various institutions within Europe. Discussions on research collaborations will also form part of the 3-month scholar program.

The Erasmus Mundus program is a student and scholar mobility program funded by the European Union. Students from EU countries as some non-EU countries receive funding to travel to selected universities with Europe. For the 2008/2009 academic year, 24 Australian students and 25 Australian scholars have been selected to participate in the Erasmus Mundus scheme. There are in total 103 Master’s courses for which funding is available under the Erasmus Mundus scheme.

In his 3-month program, Dr Scollary will visit: • Ecole Supérieure d’Agriculture of Angers (France), the coordinating institution for the International Vinatge Master’s

• University Corvinus Budapest (Hungary), where the wine chemistry course will be presented

• Università di Bologna (Italy)

• Università Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore — Piacenza (Italy)

Dr Scollary commented that he is honoured to be selected as an Erasmus Mundus scholar. The Erasmus program with its effective support for student mobility is one that I have always admired: the experience of learning in different institutions and in different cultures is one that will benefit students for life.

For more information on Erasmus Mundus and EU education initiatives visit www.delaus.ec.europa.eu/education

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