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2020 Australia Award recipients commence their studies and applications open for 2021 intake

2020 Australia Award recipients commence their studies and applications open for 2021 intake
2020 Australia Award recipients commence their studies and applications open for 2021 intake
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Australia’s new High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Her Excellency Sarah de Zoeten, congratulates the twenty-one Australia Awards Scholarship recipients for 2020 and wishes them well as they start university studies in Australia and the Pacific region in the coming weeks.
The 2020 awardees originate from across Vanuatu – from Torba to Tafea – and will soon commence undergraduate and postgraduate studies in disciplines including agribusiness, biosecurity, economics, inclusive education, public health, dentistry, environmental science, international relations and security. The 2020 awardees come from a range of backgrounds, including government, civil society, the private sector and recent high school graduates. They were successful from over 1,000 applicants through a merit process which assessed academic competence, leadership qualities and potential contribution to Vanuatu.
The former Australian High Commissioner, Ms Jenny Ra Din, congratulated the 2020 Australia Awards Scholarship recipients at their pre-departure briefing last December. The pre-departure briefing provided advice to help support the recipients as they transition to studying abroad. Other guest speakers included Ms Anna Naupa, Country Director of APTC and Ms Jennifer Kalpokas Doan, an Australia Awards alumni and Deputy Team Leader of Balance of Power.
“I look forward to awardees bringing new knowledge, enthusiasm and perspectives back to Vanuatu and contributing to positive change,” said Australia’s new High Commissioner, Her Excellency Sarah de Zoeten.
Australia Awards Scholarships are prestigious international awards offered by the Australian Government to the next generation of global leaders for development. Through study and research, recipients develop the skills and knowledge to drive change and help build enduring people-to-people links with Australia and the Pacific region.
This year, Australia and Vanuatu celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations. Throughout this time, more than 2,000 Australia Awards Scholarships and Fellowships have been granted to Vanuatu citizens. Currently there are 46 Ni-Vanuatu students on scholarship in Australia and the region. More than sixty million vatu is committed to sending students to study in Australia and the region every year. (Caption: 2020 Australia Award recipients with the former Australian High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Ms Jenny Da Rin)

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