Australian Scholarships awarded
High Commissioner Graeme Wilson of Australia to South Africa congratulated the recipients of The Australian Scholarship program for 2014 at an event hosted by the High Commission in Pretoria.
The Australian Government has selected some 300 professionals from 24 African countries to take up Australia Awards Scholarships at Masters and PhD level at Australian universities from January 2014.
In his congratulatory remarks High Commissioner Wilson said that the Scholarship Program is a vital partnership between Australia and Africa. He explained that the post graduate scholarships for masters and doctorates where focused on the expertise required in Africa. He also urged the recipients to engage Australians and create networks and relationships to explore the country assuring them that Australia embraces multiculturalism. He reminded them that they were Ambassadors for their countries and would be Ambassadors for Australia when they returned to Africa.
High Commissioner Kenny Kapinga of Botswana to South Africa who also made remarks to his fellow compatriots, encouraged the awardees saying that they were pioneers and should make the opportunity count.
Siphiwe Shongwe of Swaziland who will go to Sydney to complete her Master’s in Public Health is excited about her first opportunity to travel to Australia.
South African Paseka George will go to Melbourne to complete a Master’s in Education.
Wilson also expressed satisfaction of the on-going success of the program commending the organisation involved for the efforts.
Australia Awards provides postgraduate training opportunities to 50 countries across Africa.