Australia Awards Mid–Year Celebrations, recipients welcomed and farewelled in Perth
June 23, 2015


Australia Awards Scholars excited to meet the Australia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, who are some of the more than 2,000 scholarship recipients expected to graduate in 2015.

​Australia Awards and New Colombo plan scholars excited to meet Australia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, at Welcome/Farewell celebrations in Perth.  More than 2,000 Australia Awards recipients are expected to graduate in 2015 and return home to contribute to development of their home nations.

 

On Friday 5 June the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop kicked off in Perth a national series of Australia Awards Welcome and Farewell Celebrations. Held across the country between June and July 2015, the Celebrations are hosted by the department to greet Australia Awards Scholarship recipients arriving in first semester and to farewell graduating scholars.

 

“This is an opportunity for you to not only gain skills and qualifications but to adopt a second home and that’s Australia,” said Minister Bishop.

 

Professor Andrew Taggart, Acting Vice Chancellor of Murdoch University provided a keynote address at the function saying, “Your Scholarships and Fellowships are about far more than obtaining a degree they are also about getting involved, standing out from the crowd and being recognised as leaders from your countries.”

 

Graduating Australia Awards scholars Ron Salaver returns to the Philippines with a Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Science from the University of Western Australia. He said “We have completed the degree which will serve as the platform as we launch ourselves into our future tasks as we go back to our respective countries”.

 

Two Australia Awards scholars spoke at the Celebration describing their experiences studying in Australia and plans to return home for development.

 

“We stand here today on the precipice of the future. It's not a distant reality anymore. It begins here. It begins today. We have completed the degree which will serve as the platform as we launch ourselves into our future tasks as we go back to our respective countries,” said Ron Salaver who is returning to the Philippines with a Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Science from the University of Western Australia.

 

PHD candidate for a Doctor of Philosophy (Pharmacy) Research from Curtin University, Desak Ernawati, also spoke about her experience and plans. “Our experience of living and studying in Australia is a solid foundation on which to build that bridge both personally and within our field of expertise. This means we all have to work hard to be here to reach our dreams!” said Desak.

 

For the first time the Australia Awards Welcome Farewell Celebrations included a two hour workshop Delivering the Australian Foreign Aid Program: Challenges, Perceptions, Results facilitated by the Perth USAsia Centre. Speakers included Professor Graham Brown, Professor Bruce Robinson and Professor Samina Yasmeen from the University of Western Australia. Alison Chartres from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade presented on Aid Policy and Practice and Claire Murray, Deputy Director, DFAT WA State Office welcomed recipients to the State and highlighted on-award engagement opportunities they might undertake.

 

Australia Awards alumni return as emerging leaders in their fields, armed with a world-class education from Australia and a network of social, academic and professional links that will underpin their efforts to drive social and economic change. The Celebrations are an important opportunity for scholars to hone these networks as they meet with fellow recipients from their state and a range of invited guests including the department’s stakeholders from the public and private sectors, academics, Consul Generals (the Perth Celebration included Consul Generals from Indonesia and Vietnam) and on this New Colombo Plan scholars. 

 

The Australia Awards Celebrations will be held across the country throughout June and July 2015:

 

ACT: Thursday 25 June 2015

 

VIC:  Monday 29 June 2015

 

NSW: Wednesday 1 July 2015

 

QLD: Thursday 9 July 2015

 

SA: Monday 13 July 2015

Last updated: June 23, 2015