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A successful annual networking event for Australia Awards Alumni

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The Australian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Jenny Da Rin, with the new Australia Awards committee members in Vanuatu.
The Australian High Commission First Secretary, Ms Cathy McWilliam, the Director General of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ms Cherol Ala Ianna, and the facilitators with the participants of the workshop.

A group of fifty Australia Awards alumni gathered for the annual networking event in Port Vila on Tuesday 2 April 2019. The Australia Awards alumni network includes some of Vanuatu’s brightest leaders from across the government, private sector and civil society. The network meets regularly to promote connections between alumni members and further develop their skills.

The Australian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Jenny Da Rin, personally welcomed the 2018 graduates to the alumni network and highlighted the benefits of this group of dynamic professionals. ‘I congratulate the 2018 graduates and look forward to hearing how you use your new skills and knowledge to contribute to Vanuatu’s development’she said. ‘I am pleased the Australia Awards alumni network in Vanuatu continues to grow stronger. The Australian Government is committed to supporting you as you progress through your careers to continue to develop your networks and skills.’

The Director of Tertiary Education and Australia Awards alumni, Anne-Rose Tjiobang, shared her experience with the alumni present and encouraged them to continue to challenge themselves after completion of their awards.

Over the course of the evening the group elected a new alumni committee. The committee’s focus for 2019 is to extend and strengthen the alumni network, which has grown considerably over recent years. The Australia Awards alumni network will continue to support alumni members throughout 2019, encouraging new knowledge, sharing of ideas, networking and skill development.

If you have studied in Australia or in the region through an Australia Awards Scholarship or Australia Awards Fellowship then you are welcome to join this network of change makers.
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Australia has provided development assistance to Vanuatu for many years. Scholarships provide opportunities for Ni-Vanuatu to study in Australia or the Pacific region. Australia Awards scholarships address human capacity needs in Vanuatu and build people-to-people links.