Returning scholars share their experiences studying in Australia and their dreams for the Philippines. This is their Australia Awards Journey.

Australian Alumni of the Philippines: Dr. Rene Abesamis (James Cook University)

“Australia offers very good scholarship programs. I was an Australian aid scholar during my masters study and I was also a recipient of the international post-graduate research scholarship during my PhD studies… Australia has one of the best marine biology programs in the world at James Cook University in Queensland. The education set a solid foundation for my career as a scientist.”

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Australian Alumni of the Philippines: Hon. Melchor Carandang (University of New South Wales)

“Completing my graduate course in Australia opened a lot of opportunities for career growth and personal development… It gave me the tool to further advance my profession in a competitive industry. More importantly, it gave me the discipline and global perspective to traverse workplace challenges and to champion a culture of integrity, professionalism and accountability worthy of public trust and confidence.”

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Australian Alumni of the Philippines: Dia Lacaba (University of New South Wales)

“Living in Australia for two years and studying with people from all sorts and different cultures gave me a more global perspective. I think that helped me immensely in my work. As head of international business for Human Nature, I deal with different distributors from other countries on a day to day basis. That entails understanding how other people from other cultures think…”

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Australia Awards REAP Video - Institution of Work At Home Entrepreneurship for PWDs - Dandy Victa

Armed with his passion to make a difference in the lives of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), Dandy Victa of the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), took up Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Swinburne University of Technology. Upon his return to Manila, Dandy conducted a Marketing Lecture Series for PWDs to empower them to become entrepreneurs. This is part of his re-entry action plan called Institutionalisation of Work-At-Home Entrepreneurship through ICT for PWDs.

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Alumni Postcard Video - Australia Awards - Cielito Habito

“I found my studies in Australia extremely useful for building my career and to this day when I continue to be advising our government on agricultural policy…”

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Australian Alumni of the Philippines: Asec Elvin Uy (Carnegie Mellon University in Australia)

“…from a background in engineering doing business development and product management for mobile telecommunications to going into public policy as a research interest and now actually doing public service in this country… none of that would have been possible if not for this scholarship program and if not for my Australian experience.”

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