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PressReleaseAlumniEventJune14

Australian Alumni Celebrated at the Australian High Commission

17 June 2014, Accra - The Australian High Commission recently welcomed home the 30 Ghanaians who recently completed their post graduate studies in Australia under a full scholarship provided by the Australian Government’s Awards Program.

About 100 Australian alumni joined the celebrations at the Australian High Commissioner’s Residence on 17 June. The occasion also marked the launch of the official website of the Ghana-Australia Alumni Association (GAAA) and its official website.

“The Australian Government is very pleased with the success of the Awards Scholarship program in Ghana. It is an investment in the development of Ghanaian leaders, and thus an investment in the future of Ghana itself,” the Australian High Commissioner, Joanna Adamson said.

“Not only are Awards alumni doing their part to strengthen institutions in Ghana, they are - like other Australian alumni here - maintaining valuable links and building on the warm relationship between our two countries”, she added.

Since 2010, 183 Ghanaians have received an Australian Awards scholarship to undertake their post-graduate degree or short course study at a tertiary institution in Australia. They are now employed across a wide variety of government ministries and civil society.

On return home, Ghanaian awardees are encouraged to join the Australia Awards Ghana Alumni Network where they can share experiences with each other and stay in contact with Australia through the Australian High Commission in Accra. The Network’s new website (http:www.ghanaaustraliaalumni.org) will support these aims.

The Australia Awards program offers Masters level and short course awards. The next round of applications will open on 1 September 2014 and further information can be obtained from www.australiaawardsafrica.org. Women are particularly encouraged to apply, because of the role of women’s education and leadership in longer term development.

For further information, please contact Ebenezer Aryee: Ebenezer.aryee@dfat.gov.au; +233 0544 34178.