Australian scholarships on show at ASEAN and East Asia Summit
December 8, 2014
Australia Awards scholar Firdaus Wajdi from Indonesia featured in the exhibition
On 12 November 2014, Prime Minister Tony Abbott toured an Australia Awards photographic exhibition mounted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the sidelines of the ASEAN-Australia 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit and the Ninth East Asia Summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Burma.
 
The exhibition is now available to view online through the Australia Awards ASEAN exhibition Flickr gallery.
 
The exhibition depicts the history of Australian Scholarships for ASEAN nations since the Colombo Plan of the early 1950s and was compiled by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The exhibition highlights Australia’s long-term investment in improving education in the ASEAN region.
 
Mr Abbott was escorted by Australian Ambassador to Burma, Bronte Moules, and the Department of Foreign Affairs Counsellor Michael Hassett who provided a briefing on the Australia Awards Scholarships and the broader education program in Burma.
 
Mr Abbott observed the valuable people-to-people links established with ASEAN nations over the long-term through access to Australia’s education system. The exhibition highlighted how many current and future leaders of ASEAN had benefited from Australian Government scholarships and the important role scholarships play in Australia’s commitment to education.
 
During the tour Mr Abbott met two Burmese recipients of Australia Awards Scholarship—Chit Win, who is currently undertaking a PhD at the Australian National University, and Thin Pye Oo, a former staff member at the Australian Embassy Rangoon, who is about to undertake a Masters in Public Policy, also at the Australian National University.
 
The exhibition was displayed in a public area of the International Convention Centre in Burma’s Capital, Nay Pyi Taw, throughout the recent ASEAN and East Asia Summits, providing the opportunity for many delegates from across the region to see it.
Last updated: January 20, 2015