TWELVE Solomon Islanders who are beneficiaries of the Australia Awards Scholarship have graduated after successfully completing their studies overseas.
A statement from the Australia High Commission in Honiara said Australia is proud to support these talented and resilient scholars who successfully completed their studies despite the challenges of the pandemic.
The statement said these scholars have returned with qualifications in climate change, health, infrastructure, ICT, law, marine science, and veterinary science at universities in Adelaide, Armidale, Brisbane, Melbourne, Port Vila, Suva, Sydney, and Townsville.
A Reintegration Workshop was hosted for these recent graduates to welcome them to the Australia Global Alumni network and provide support on planning how to use and continue to develop their new skills and knowledge to make a difference as leaders for change.
“I learnt that networking is a very important aspect of self-development as a new graduate,” one alumna shared.
Another noted that “the networking opportunities have encouraged me to get more involved and also reinvigorated my initial passion”.
Following the workshop, a networking afternoon tea was held that included many new and established Australia Global Alumni, volunteers with the Australian Volunteers Program, representatives from the Australian High Commission, and several employer representatives.
The Australian High Commission said for more than 70 years Australian Government scholarship programs such as Australia Awards have supported foreign policy, trade, and economic objectives around the world by strengthening Australia’s people-to-people links with key policy and decision makers in partner countries.