The Australian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Sarah deZoeten was delighted to welcome back the 2020 Australia Awards scholarship graduates at an alumni event attended by over ninety people at Rossi Restaurant.
The eight graduates who returned in 2020 have studied at universities in either Australia and Fiji in various fields such as health, education, finance, communications, and law and justice.
The Australian High Commissioner congratulated the returning graduates and welcomed them into the Australia Awards (Vanuatu) alumni network.
The graduates and alumni also heard from the guest speaker of the night, the Leader of Opposition, MP Ralph Regenvanu, who was himself an Australia Awards alumni. Mr. Regenvanu encouraged alumni to continue to influence their sectors with the skills gained from their scholarships and to continue to strengthen their networks across different sectors.
That evening also saw the voting of a new alumni committee who would work with the team at Australia Awards Vanuatu and the Australian High Commission for a term of two years, to provide advice and assist to implement monthly alumni events.
The alumni event was also attended by stakeholders and partners who have and continue to contribute to various Australia Awards alumni events in Port Vila and Santo.