Under Secretary for Ministry of Finance, Dr Ram Prasad Mainali and Ms Ainsley Hemming, Head, Development Cooperation at the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu officially welcomed 27 recently returned Australia Awards alumni at the Welcome Home and Reintegration Workshop held in Kathmandu.
Participants at this workshop had recently returned from Australia after completing their Australia Awards Scholarships.
According to a press release issued by Embassy of Australia, Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships and fellowships funded by the Australian Government. They offer the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia.
Applications for the next intake of Australia Awards Scholarships in Nepal are now open and will close on 30 April, 2017.
Addressing to the recently returned alumni, Dr Mainali encouraged the participants to translate the knowledge and skills they acquired in Australia in contributing towards Nepal’s development. Ms Hemming highlighted that as a development program the alumni play a vital role in achieving the objectives of Australia Awards.
Australia is one of the largest providers of scholarships in Nepal. The Australia Awards program is a big part of Australia’s development cooperation program both in Nepal and across the region. It is a long-standing program with over 800 development-focused scholarships awarded in Nepal since the 1960s.