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67 Pinoys awarded scholarships to Australia


Sixty-seven Filipinos will leave for Australia in July to pursue their postgraduate studies through the prestigious Australia Awards Scholarship program, the Australian Embassy said in a statement.

The scholars underwent a pre-departure briefing from May 9 to 11 to finalize their Re-Entry Action Plans (REAP), the embassy said.

REAP is a unique feature of the scholarship program and is designed to make use of their studies in economics, trade, infrastructure, education, entrepreneurship, and public policy.

Scholars will enact these plans upon their return to the Philippines in the form of programs and projects to contribute to development in the Philippines in their chosen government office, non-profit organization or community.

Amanda Gorely, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines, said the scholarship offers the "next generation of global leaders" opportunities to develop while engaging with Australian culture and enable reforms upon their return.

"At the end of your scholarship, you will return with new ideas, knowledge and skills that will enable you to influence reforms in the Philippines as leaders in your chosen field," Gorely said.

Previous scholars enacted REAP that created investment and incentive codes to create a business-friendly environment in Region 6 while another enhanced software for better distribution of geospatial information to the public.

Two dozen of the scholars came from government agencies while the rest are from the private sector, civil society, other government agencies, media and the academe.

All scholars received a full scholarship package including travel and cost of living allowance, tuition, health coverage and supplementary tutorial assistance, and upon their return, an invitation to be a member of the Global Alumni Network. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News