Australia offers 3,500 new Australia Awards in 2017 and launches the Australia Awards Global Strategy
The Australian Government today (Thursday 3 November 2016) announced it will provide 3,500 Australia Awards Scholarships and Fellowships for study commencing in 2017, and released a new three-year strategic framework—the Australia Awards Global Strategy.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Julie Bishop MP, said the Australia Awards “support study in Australia and the Pacific by emerging leaders from Asia, the Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean”—Australia Awards 2017
“Funded through our aid program, the Australia Awards enable students to acquire skills and cultivate networks which will help them contribute to development in their home countries.”
“The Government will commit $330 million to the Australia Awards in 2016–17 and has developed a Global Strategy to maximise the benefits of our investment in the Awards,” Ms Bishop said.
The Strategy outlines the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s investment in the prestigious Australia Awards from 2016–18. It follows five investment principles: alignment with Australia’s development, economic and public diplomacy priorities; equity of access; merit-based selection; value for money; and promotion of the Australia Awards.
The Strategy promotes innovation to deliver flexible and responsive education options, particularly for women.
“This announcement reflects the Government’s commitment to international education through the Australia Global Alumni Engagement Strategy
. The Australia Awards complement the work of the New Colombo Plan, which is improving knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting almost 7,500 Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region in 2017,” Ms Bishop said.