High commissioner lauds Australia Awards returnees

Says wants to see more applications from women, people living in remote areas

APP February 11, 2018
High commissioner acknowledges achievements of Australia Awards returnees. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Margaret Adamson on Saturday acknowledged the achievements of 106 recently returned Australia awards scholars.

Speaking to the young scholars, she said, "Education is an important link between our two countries and I'm encouraged by the growing number of Pakistanis who make Australia their first choice for their professional development Australia has some of the world's best facilities, researchers and educators, providing local and international students with a range of quality study options."

It is noteworthy that funded by the Australian government, Australia Awards offer Masters scholarships and short-term professional development opportunities to equip Pakistani professionals with the skills and knowledge they need to make their contribution in national development.

"Our experience of living and studying in Australia is a solid foundation. We now have a platform which will help us excel both personally and professionally, and the ability and skills to help our community and aim for a better future for all," Australia Awards Alumnus Faiza Rehman Syed said.

It is worth mentioning that applications for Australia Awards scholarships are now open. This year, the programme is particularly interested to see more applications from women, people working in the private sector and people living in remote areas of Pakistan, including Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 11th, 2018.


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