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AusAID-sponsored students ready to take on the world



15 July 2013

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From Left: AusAID-sponsored students Batpurev Ayushsuren (Master of Economics) from Mongolia and Miriam Coprado (Master of Public Administration) from the Philippines.

A group of talented students from 13 different countries including Mongolia, Sierra Leone and Myanmar joined representatives from the University of Sydney and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) last week to celebrate the completion of their Australia Awards Scholarships.

The 39 AusAID-sponsored students from across the University of Sydney, including 16 from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, united in the Old Teachers' College to share in the spirit of diversity and academic achievement to mark the important milestone.

The competitive Australia Awards Scholarships are designed to promote knowledge and foster educational links between Australia and neighbouring countries. Attracting some of the brightest minds from developing nations worldwide, the scholarships fund the cost of postgraduate studies at participating Australian universities and associated living and research expenses.

Mark Snowden, Acting Director of the Australia Awards Office, acknowledged the significant contributions Australia Awards scholars make to the reform and development of their home nations in many fields.

"Your scholarship is a unique investment that helps you achieve your potential and ultimately facilitates the building of stronger and more effective societies," he said. "It is people such as you who are educated, determined and hardworking who will be able to make a difference in your societies."

Batpurev Ayushsuren, a student from Mongolia who completed a Master of Economics, said he plans to harness the insights he gained into financial economics to enhance his country's burgeoning capital market.

"Mongolia made the transition from the Soviet era to free economic market and democracy 20 years ago, but we don't have a sufficient capital market that will enable us to enter the next phase of development," he said.

"As a capital economist, the financial economics subjects were crucial, and it was eye opening to me. I not only gained world-class knowledge but living in Sydney was a great experience."

Miriam Coprado, a planning officer in the Department of Education from the Philippines, said the internship component of her Master of Public Administration degree was particularly valuable.

"I stayed in the Department of Education in NSW for one month, which included not only research but the policies, practices, and systems they have in place, even at the school level," she said.

"It really helped me a lot, not only for enhancing my understanding deeper of the public administration, but also in honing my skills as a public servant."

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The Australia Awards Scholars at the completion ceremony.

Currently 238 students are undertaking Australia Awards Scholarships at the University of Sydney, with 75 Higher Degree by Research students, 142 Masters by coursework students, and 21 students in bachelor level programs.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Operations) Professor Tyrone Carlin congratulated the scholars on behalf of the University of Sydney.

"I hope you will see this not as an end, but as a beginning of the continuation of your relationship with the University. Wherever you are in the world, you are a part of the University of Sydney family."

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