Australian schols to help Lankan students
COLOMBO: The Australian Scholarship initiative demonstrates
the high value that Australia places on building relationship with Sri
Lanka and other countries in the region, based on mutual understanding,
respect and people to people linkages formed by education, Australian
High Commissioner Dr. Greg French said.
Addressing a press briefing held at JAIC Hilton, Colombo, yesterday
said this scholarship programme has a long and distinguished history.
He said that Australian scholarship is a $1.4 billion Australian
Government initiative to provide over 19,000 scholarships in the Asia
Pacific region between 2006-2010.
This programme will bring under one banner three major Australian
scholarship programmes - Australian Leadership Award (ALA), Australian
Development Scholarships (ADS) and the Endeavour Programme. These
programmes are managed by AusAID and Australia’s Department of
Education, Science and Training.
ALA focuses on developing current and future leaders in business,
education and government within the Asia-Pacific region, and providing
support for post graduate study in Australia.
ADS provides opportunities for Sri Lankan Government employees to
undertake undergraduate or postgraduate study in Australia.
The Endeavour Programme comprises a mix of postgraduate,
undergraduate, vocational and technical education courses and research
and professional development awards.
About 300 Sri Lankans study in Australia. Speaking about their
experiences in Australia, some past scholarship recipients said both
Australian and International students receive equal treatment in
Australian educational institutions.