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Australian envoy bids farewell to Australia Awards Scholarship recipients

Islamabad, November 16, 2012 (PPI-OT): The Australian High Commissioner, Mr Peter Heyward, yesterday bid farewell to 55 Pakistani professionals who have been awarded scholarships to undertake Masters level study at Australian Universities in 2013 through AusAID’s ‘Australia Awards’ Program.

Australia Awards Scholarship recipients 2013The Australia Awards are an important component of Australia’s investment in education – the flagship of the Australian aid program. They provide long and short term study and professional development opportunities to citizens from less-developed countries around the globe.

The Awards aim to develop capacity and leadership skills so that individuals can contribute to development in their home country, and to build people to people linkages at the individual, institutional and country level.

The Pakistani scholars will study subjects agreed with the Government of Pakistan that address key development needs in the country including maternal, neonatal and child health, primary education, food security and agriculture.

“The Australia Awards program targets emerging leaders in Pakistan. Scholarship recipients are required to return to Pakistan after completing their studies, ensuring that they bring their newly acquired skills home to contribute to the development of their country” said Mr Heyward during his address to students at their pre-departure briefing in Islamabad.

“The Australian Government has been providing scholarships to Pakistani students since 1991, and the scholarships program highlights the strong development partnership between Australia and Pakistan” said Mr Heyward. Australia’s development assistance program to Pakistan has grown steadily in recent years, reaching A$96.4 million in 2012/13 with a focus on health, education and agriculture.

The next round of Australia Awards scholarships will be advertised in February 2013 on the Australia Awards in Pakistan website (http://www.adspakistan.com.pk/).

For more information, contact:
Australian High Commission
Constitution Ave and Ispahani Rd,
Diplomatic Enclave No. 1, Sector G-5/4, Islamabad
Tel: +9251 835 5500
Fax: +9251 282 0112

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