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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2730

Australia awards 8 scholarships for Sri Lankan professionals

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Colombo, 22 December, (Asiantribune.com): The Australian High Commissioner, Dr Greg French, announced today that 8 Sri Lankan professionals had been awarded the prestigious Australian Leadership Award (ALA) scholarship, enabling them to gain PhDs and Masters Degrees in the fields of law, medicine, engineering, economics, trade and food science.

This is only the second year ALAs have been awarded under the A$1.4 billion Australian Scholarships program that will target future leaders in the Asia-Pacific, including in Sri Lanka, for advanced study in Australia, the High Commissioner said.

Future increases in the program will be subject to the effective application of additional resources and conditional on strengthened governance and reduced corruption in partner countries.

The 5 men and three 3 women selected in Sri Lanka are part of an overall intake of one hundred and seventy two 172 ALA scholars from 26 countries across the region in the 2007 intake.

In addition to ALAs, 6 Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) were awarded to Sri Lankan government officers to study in Australia in 2008. The Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) aims to strengthen human resource capacity in priority sectors of partner countries.

The 3 men and 3 women selected for ADS are from the Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources (Department of Management Services), Ministry of Finance & Planning, Divisional Secretariat in Badulla, National Procurement Agency, Department of Agriculture and Department of National Budget.

The fields of study selected by ADS awardees are, Natural Resource Management, Applied Economics, Engineering, Public Policy, Public Administration and Management. “Australian Scholarships are an important pillar of Australia’s overseas development program and help to build links between people in the region and in Australia”.

“They provide opportunities for Sri Lankan people who can play a leadership role to influence social and economic policy and help promote development in their own country”.

“Sri Lanka has a strong pool of talented candidates who will be eligible to apply for the estimated 3,200 regional Australian Leadership Awards – which are open to both the public and private sectors - over the next four years”, said the High Commissioner.

- Asian Tribune -

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