Australia Awards South and West Asia provides scholarships and short-term training opportunities in Australia and in our region. In doing so, it invests in building the skills and knowledge of individuals so they can deliver positive forms of development contributions after returning to their home countries.
Scope Global manages Australia Awards South and West Asia for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Scholarships In 2016, all 199 completing awardees successfully obtained their Australian degree. Program staff managed a four-fold increase in the number of new scholarships for Intake 2017 over the previous year.
Short courses This year eight short courses were delivered featuring a range of delivery approaches: wholly in-Australia, wholly in-country, and a combination of online, in-country and in-Australia modes. Short courses were designed through strong collaboration with DFAT Posts and partner government agencies.
Alumni engagement In November 2016, 42 Australia Awards alumni from all seven participating countries came together in Kathmandu for the Regional Alumni Workshop, ‘Education for All’. They shared their experience of inclusive education practices, expanded regional linkages, and built a community of practice on inclusive education.
The Australia Awards in South and West Asia Women in Leadership Network has opened a dialogue on advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment across the region. National chapters were established in Bangladesh and Pakistan, with events held to celebrate women and leadership.