Postgrads to study in Oz
Around 1000 postgraduate Africans are supported by the Australian government to continue their studies in 2013 at either Australian or African universities. Four hundred of these students will receive Australian scholarships.The 380 Masters-level and 20 agricultural PhD scholars will commence their studies at Australian universities in January.
The Australian Government hosted 73 Masters-level awardees at workshops which took place during October in Pretoria to assist departing students prepare for their studies in Australia. There are 15 scholars from Botswana, 13 from Lesotho, 14 from Swaziland, 10 from Mozambique, nine from Namibia, six from South Africa, three scholars from Angola and three from Cape Verde.
Nine of the awardees who have demonstrated leadership potential have also been selected for Australian Leadership Awards. These scholarships are awarded annually to high achieving applicants who have demonstrated leadership or the potential to assume leadership roles to drive social and economic policy reform and development in their own countries and regionally. Four of the recipients are from Botswana, two from Swaziland, and three from Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa respectively.
The new students will meet returned graduates of Australian universities to share their experiences of studying and living in Australia.
H.E. Ann Harrap, Australian High Commissioner to Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland and Ambassador to Angola, said The Australian Government’s objective is to provide high-quality education and training to talented African professionals who will be in a position, when they return to their home countries, to make an important contribution to national or regional development.