Fifty Bangladeshi students were conferred Australia Awards, a Masters’ level scholarship, for study in Australia commencing in 2020.
Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Ms Julia Niblett made the announcement at a programme yesterday, said a media release.Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP was present at the event as the chief guest.
Twenty five of the scholarships were awarded to women. The High Commissioner also welcomed home 50 scholars who had completed their studies in Australia.
Australia Awards are international scholarships funded by the Australian Government. They offer the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia.
In Bangladesh, Australia Awards support the development of human resources to help build a highly skilled workforce. Australia has awarded more than 3,000 scholarships to Bangladeshis since 1972, said the press release.
Fields of study include architecture, climate change, cyber-security, digital communication, education, engineering, environmental law, international and development economics, public policy, public health and technology in Australia’s world-class universities.
“The knowledge and skills developed during their studies will equip them to contribute to their workplaces and to the development of Bangladesh”, said Ms Niblett.Speaker Shirin Sharmin said that a fully engaged, educated, healthy and productive professional group of people can help break multi-generational poverty, can be resilient in the face of personal and societal threats, and as skilled and informed citizens, can contribute effectively to the strengthening of their communities and nation.
Applications for the next intake of Australia Awards will commence in early 2020.