Education as Australia’s Developmental Tool for Africa
The Australian High Commission in Pretoria hosted a Pre-Departure Briefing (PDB) for Australia Awards scholarship recipients bound for postgraduate studies in Australia in 2017; twelve from Botswana, eight from Mozambique and eight from South Africa. They will be pursuing studies in various disciplines including Masters of Public Policy; Masters of International Public Health, and Masters of Science at multiple universities across the country.
The event which took place on 27 & 28 October at the Sheraton Hotel, Pretoria served as an induction session to prepare the 28 scholarship recipients for their time in Australia. Past Australia Awards Alumni led informative and interactive sessions with the group, sharing their own experiences of life and study in Australia and advising outgoing Awardees on various ways to make the most of their time in Australia.
During the congratulatory reception hosted by the Australian High Commissioner to South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Adam McCarthy commended the Awardees on being accepted for these prestigious scholarships, saying that “the Australian Government sees this not only as an investment in the Awardees, but as a pivotal investment in the development of their respective countries and the African Continent at large”.
Mr McCarthy said that he hoped the Awardees’ success in Australia, would help them pursue a successful career upon their return, and also see them take up an active role in their communities and professional institutions where they could draw on the skills and contacts forged in Australia.
The PDB allowed Awardees to ask any final questions and offered an opportunity to network and establish relationships with Alumni and scholarship recipients from other African countries.
The Australia Awards are managed in Africa by Palladium on behalf of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra.
By: Kelebogile Moruane: Stakeholder Relations Officer, Australia Awards Africa.
Photo Credit: JC Crafford