The Australia Awards in South Asia (Maldives) team presented a Pre-departure briefing for Intake 2013 Australia Awardees on 22 November 2012 at Nasandhura Palace Hotel in Male’, coordinated by the Regional Director, Mr Neville Saunderson and the Country Coordinator Dr. Ibrahim Hassan. The meeting provided awardees with important information about travel to, living and studying in Australia, including input by a panel of 5 alumni who shared valuable information about their times in Australia which the awardees found very useful.
The Australian High Commissioner to the Maldives, Her Excellency Robin Moody, hosted an alumni event on 20 November 2012 I Male’ to congratulate the recipients of the 2013 Australia Awards. The President of the Republic of the Maldives, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Waheed was the Chief Guest at the event, which was also attended by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade–Australian Aid Counsellor in Colombo, Mr. Edward Archibald, and senior officials from the government of Maldives.
Altogether 31 Nepali scholars have received Australia Awards Scholarships to pursue post graduate studies in Australia in 2013.
Among them, fourteen are women and four are government employees, according to the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu. Australia is the largest provider of scholarships in Nepal.
These scholars will pursue studies in sectors identified as priorities for the development of Nepal, including health, education, governance, livelihoods, water and sanitation and forestry.
Initial discussions on a five-year plan for Maldives and Sri Lanka were held at the Maldives office on 1 – 2 August.
These discussions were guided by the current national development plans of each country and Australian Aid’s proposed country strategy, where applicable. The intention was to ensure that longer-term planning for the scholarships program aligned with Australian Aid's broader aid objectives in the Maldives and Sri Lanka.