Australia Awards completion celebration
On Tuesday 31 August, 19 Australia Awards Scholarship holders graduated with Master degrees from a diverse range of programs including Sciences, Engineering, Professions, Education, Arts, Health and Medical Sciences. The completion celebration took place in Bonython Hall and was viewed via livestream by family and friends of graduands.
Australia Awards Scholarships are administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and provide opportunities for people from developing countries to undertake full time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.
At the event, a keynote speech was given by Professor Jacqueline Lo, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), celebrating cultural diversity and the personal sacrifice of these individuals, particularly during the challenging global pandemic.
“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. Your time in Adelaide not only provides you with specialist academic skills at one of Australia’s top universities, but helps to develop important professional skills and a broader world view. Your Adelaide education has promoted diverse thinking, better communication skills across languages and cultures, and builds important international connections that will facilitate your future careers.”
Ms. Erin Leggat, Deputy Director South Australia State Office, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, also addressed and congratulated the scholars on their great achievements. Ms. Leggat commented that the Australia Awards aim to contribute to the requirements of Australia’s partner countries in line with bilateral and regional agreements to drive developmental change.
The University of Adelaide wishes all graduands the best of luck in the future and encourages them to join the international alumni network.