21 September 2017
The 2017 Australia Awardees honoured at the Welcome Reception of the new High Commissioner
The 2017 Mauritian Australia Awardees of Australian Government Masters and Short-term (short course awards) scholarships took centre stage at the welcome reception of the new Australian High Commissioner, HE Ms Jenny Dee today.
This year, 3 Masters and 10 Short-term scholarships (short course awards) were awarded to Mauritian professionals to study a wide range of courses including public policy and management, ocean governance and sustainable fisheries, agribusiness, public private infrastructure partnerships, trade policy and negotiations and mineral and energy economics.
Since the launching of the Australia Awards program in 2011, 128 scholarships have been awarded to professionals in the public and private sector in Mauritius.
Ms Dee noted the high quality of Mauritian applicants for the Australia Awards, who had competed against candidates from across Africa. “Australia is committed to continuing to partner with Mauritius in building capacity in priority areas and supporting reforms within departments and institutions. Through the Australia Awards program, skills and expertise are shared with awardees across Africa, supporting them to contribute to the socio-economic development of their countries on return”, said the High Commissioner.
Ms Dee who presented her credentials to the President of Mauritius at the end of July of this year, told the gathering of government, business, community and diplomatic figures that she was looking forward to further strengthening cooperation between Australia and Mauritius in the areas of the ocean economy, trade and investment, education and research, arts and culture, women empowerment and gender equality.
She commended the visit by Mauritius Education officials, Board of Investment and the Financial Services Promotion Authority to participate in the Australia in Africa Week in Perth earlier this month which successfully highlighted the opportunities of Mauritius as a regional financial services hub and resulted in stronger education partnerships.