Alumni Success Stories

Filipino Scholar Helps Stop Spread of Animal Disease in Northern Samar

When Jose Luis Acompanado, a veterinarian for the provincial government of Northern Samar in the Philippines, applied for an Australian Development Scholarship in 2006 he was faced with a mission: to help arrest the increase in incidence of carabao deaths in the province.

From a College to a University: a REAP Success Story

Leonardo Ibot knew too well how difficult it is to teach in a rural college in the Philippines, and much more in Mindanao, where illiteracy and poverty permeates. A product of a rural college himself - the Sultan Kudarat Polytechnic College in Tacurong City – Leonardo knows that the road to a vocation on teaching is rough and difficult in his province.

Dr. Maria Corazon De Ungria: Science in the service of the Filipino people

It was 1999. Forensic science was still largely a man’s world. But the 30-year old Filipina scientist worked tirelessly alongside her male colleagues – forensic pathologists, lawyers, judges, police officers – and proved that women can flourish whether in the crime scene or in the laboratory. Her voice, after all, provided the crucial DNA information that would solve crimes. What these men didn't know was that the young scientist had just gotten back from over a decade of study in Australia; still adjusting to a brand new world, but ever determined to serve her homeland.

Filipino scholar receives award for academic excellence in Australia

Knoy Bite beamed with Filipino pride when she received the coveted Dean’s Honours List Award during the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE) awards ceremony on December 12, 2012. She was, after all, one of the only few Southeast Asian students recognised during the event.

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