Australia Awards completion celebration
On Tuesday 18 May, 16 students participated in an Australia Awards Scholars completion celebration in Bonython Hall.
The ceremony was viewed via livestream by family and friends of graduands.
Professor Jacqueline Lo, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), served as a keynote speaker and was delighted to celebrate with these high-achieving graduates, who are completing qualifications at a range of levels in a variety of disciplines including Sciences, Education, Engineering, Professions, Health and Medical Sciences. Professor Lo noted the challenges students had faced in the current global pandemic, commending their resilience.
Ms. Elizabeth Day, Director South Australia State Office, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, also addressed the scholars and congratulated them on their achievements. Australia Awards Scholarships are long-term awards administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. They aim to contribute to the development needs of Australia's partner countries in line with bilateral and regional agreements. They provide opportunities for people from developing countries, particularly those countries located in the Indo-Pacific region, to undertake full time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions. The study and research opportunities provided by Australia Awards Scholarships develop the skills and knowledge of individuals to drive change and contribute to development in their own countries.
"Study abroad is more than just an opportunity to travel ... [it] is the challenge of engaging with an entirely different education system. Global education allows us to gain a deeper, more nuanced understanding of our disciplines, and opens the door to thinking in interstitial ways, between and across disciplines, cultures and knowledge systems."Professor Jacqueline Lo
These students' contributions to their disciplines are appreciated by the University and the broader community, enriching our institution's cultural diversity and demonstrating a level of diligence and personal sacrifice to be commended.
We wish our scholars the very best of luck in their future endeavours and hope they will remain in touch with our University community.