New Colombo Plan fellow Benjamin Clarke is undertaking a 13-month program in Pakistan, where his studies will centre on the politics and foreign policy of Pakistan and neighbouring countries.
Ben is undertaking the study component of his New Colombo Plan fellowship at Quaid-i-Azam University School of Politics and International Relations in Islamabad. His studies are contributing to his Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) at the Australian National University.
While he’s in Pakistan, Ben is being supported by Scope Global’s Australia Awards South and West Asia team. This has given him the chance to participate in Australia Awards events and connect with scholars and alumni from the Australia Awards South and West Asia program.
In the photo above, Ben is with the team at the Australia Awards Pakistan Recognition Ceremony, held this February in Islamabad. This ceremony recognises and celebrates returned awardees’ successful completion of their Australia Awards scholarship or short course. It also introduces alumni to the Australian Alumni Association and the Women in Leadership Network, and provides an interesting networking opportunity. At the event Ben met with the Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Australia Awards Pakistan staff and alumni.
This linkage between the New Colombo Plan Scholarships Program and Australia Awards South and West Asia in Pakistan is one example of collaboration between these two Australian Government-funded programs, which are both managed by Scope Global.