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Building scholar, industry and education connections in Adelaide

Back row (L-R): Joel Shrestha (Nepal), Sarah Rippin (Australia Awards South and West Asia), Mahbob Sadi Bhuiyan (Australia Awards scholar, Bangladesh) and Tshering Wangdi (Australia Awards scholar, Bhutan). Middle row: Kerrie Lord (Australia Awards South and West Asia), Kezang Tshering (Australia Awards scholar, Bhutan), Marlene Delis (Australia Awards scholar, Papua New Guinea), Nisha Singh (Australia Awards scholar, Nepal), Sayeda Sultana (Endeavour Scholarships & Fellowships, Pakistan) and Lydia Jarvis (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade). Front: Rajuna Singh (Australia Awards scholar, Nepal). 

Participants from six Australian Government scholarships programs—representing more than 15 countries—attended a networking event held at the University of South Australia in May. The event brought together Adelaide-based scholars and alumni from several different Australian Government scholarships programs, including Australia Awards and the New Colombo Plan.

Australia Awards scholars from South and West Asia who attended the event included Rajuna Singh and Nisha Singh from Nepal, Tshering Wangdi and Kezang Tshering from Bhutan, and Tarcisius Hasdak and Mahbob Sadi Bhuiyan from Bangladesh.

It was an excellent opportunity for attendees to network with scholars and alumni from around the world; representatives from the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia and Flinders University; industry representatives; Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade stakeholders; and staff from Scope Global, the company managing the Australia Awards South and West Asia Program.

The afternoon opened with an address from Andrew Brown, Chief Operating Officer at Scope Global, followed by a Welcome to Country from Aboriginal Kaurna elder Uncle Lewis O’Brien. Attendees then enjoyed presentations from Professor Marie Wilson, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Business & Law) from the University of South Australia; Karen Raffen, Chief Executive Officer from Brand South Australia; and Michelle Howie, New Colombo Plan alumna.

After the presentations, networking began and it was great to see scholars from different programs getting to know each other and building connections among one another and also with guests from South Australian universities and industry. In addition to the Adelaide-based Australia Awards South and West Asia Program staff in attendance on the evening, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade representatives Ben Power (Director, South Asia Regional), Michael Bergmann (Director, Partnerships and Private Sector Relations) and Lydia Jarvis (Activity Manager, Australia Awards South and West Asia) were also present at the event.

As an Australia Awards scholar, attending events such as this provides a great opportunity for you to grow your network during your Scholarship in Australia. Your professional network should be an important asset for you throughout your study, and once you return to your home country it can become a resource you can reach out to for ideas and support when you are working towards your development goals.

The Australia Awards South and West Asia Program has created a Professional Networking Brochure that contains a wealth of useful information, including:

  • tips for effective networking
  • lists of different professional and academic associations within Australia that might be relevant to your networks
  • organisations that provide volunteering opportunities
  • information on alumni associations that will further enhance your networks once you graduate and complete your Scholarship.

We encourage you to download a copy of the brochure and hope that the content inspires you to develop your network.

For professional development and networking opportunities that are coming up in your state, please see our most recent calendar of events for Australia Awards scholars. 

If you have attended networking events and would like to tell Australia Awards about the people you’ve met, how you plan on maintaining your network once you return and how your connections might help you achieve your goals, please get in touch! You can send your stories and photographs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We may feature your story in future newsletter editions, on social media and in reports prepared by Australia Awards.

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