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Thirty-three new Filipino scholars join roster of Australian global alumni making a difference in the Philippines

33 Filipino scholars of the prestigious Australia Awards scholarship program returned to the Philippines after completing post-graduate studies at Australia’s top universities.

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These scholars bring home new knowledge and skills to help drive development. Australia has provided more than 3,500 Filipinos scholarships to study in Australia since the 1950s.

The Australia Awards offer high-achieving individuals in the Philippines the opportunity to develop their leadership potential by studying in Australia and joining an extensive network of fellow change-makers across the world.

The Australia Awards provide recipients internationally recognised qualifications from Australian institutions and the tools to contribute to their workplaces and communities.

The Australian Embassy in the Philippines hosted a welcome ceremony to celebrate the success of the graduates. The ceremony provided recently returned awardees the opportunity to connect with previous scholars to discuss how to best contribute to development in the Philippines using an Australian education. The event was held at the Novotel Manila Araneta Centre in Quezon City from 9 to 10 October 2017.

The Australia Awards is currently accepting applications for its June 2018 intake. Click here for information on our eligibility requirements, priority fields of study, and application procedure.

Returning Australian scholars continue legacy of the First70Years, set to push development agenda in the country

Twenty-nine Filipinos, all recent graduates of Australian universities, were welcomed by the Australian Embassy during a 3-day conference held on 9 to 11 February 2016 in Davao City.
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“This year, we commemorate the 70th anniversary of Australia-Philippines bilateral relations,” said Richard Rodgers, Counsellor at the Australian Embassy in Manila. “This long legacy of cooperation is bolstered by our remarkable partnership in education, which started in the 1950s with Filipino scholars under the original Colombo Plan studying in Australia to be future leaders.   This legacy is now being carried on through the Australia Awards.”

The conference is not only a homecoming ceremony but also a venue for the scholars to put the finishing touches to their re-entry plans (REAPs).  A unique feature of the Australia Awards program, the REAPs are innovative projects spearheaded by the scholars to be implemented in their chosen community or organisation.   The projects apply the knowledge and skills gained by the awardees while studying and living in Australia, and contribute to the development of the Philippines.

One such project is revolutionising how future educators are learning today.   Val Quimno, Assistant Professor at the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP), has designed a technology-based approach to the delivery of USeP’s Master of Education in Instructional Leadership (MEIL) program.

Quimno’s concept for a graduate-level program allowed students living far from USeP’s campus in Davao City to collaborate, interact, and learn outside a traditional classroom through an online platform.

“I kept thinking of my experiences in Australia and wanted to replicate them,” shares the Australia Awards scholar.   Quimno earned a Master in eLearning at the University of Technology in Sydney in 2006 and a Doctorate in Information Technology at the University of New South Wales in 2015.

The Australian alumnus has grander plans now that he has completed his PhD program. “Together with my fellow Australia Awards scholars, we plan to align our REAPs for greater impact in our organisations and the development of the country,” said Quimno.

Applications for Masters and PhD programs commencing in January 2017 are now open. For a list of our eligibility requirements and priority fields of study, please visit  www.australiaawardsphilippines.org.

Filipino scholars of prestigious Australia Awards return to Philippines to contribute positive change

Australian Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Dr David Dutton welcomed 34 Filipino scholars of the prestigious Australia Awards program on their return to the Philippines after having completed post-graduate studies at Australia's top universities.

Australian Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Dr David Dutton welcomed 34 Filipino scholars of the prestigious Australia Awards program on their return to the Philippines after having completed post-graduate studies at Australia's top universities.

“The Australia Awards provides opportunities for the Philippines’ best and brightest to advance their education at Australia’s world-class universities and, upon their return, contribute to the growth and stability of the Philippines,” Dr Dutton said.

Dr Dutton congratulated the returning scholars at the REAP (Re-Entry Action Plan) Conference held recently in Davao City.

Australia Awards scholars are required to return to the Philippines upon completion of their post-graduate studies with a Re-Entry Action Plan or REAP.  “The REAP is an innovative mechanism of the scholarship program in the Philippines to ensure awardees are able to use what they have learned to initiate genuine positive changes in their workplaces and in society”, said Dr Dutton.

Scholars are expected to execute their REAPs within a year of arrival at their respective government agencies and local governments, or their chosen private companies and civil society organisations.

Of the 34 returning scholars, 13 are from government agencies, including from the Departments of Education, Interior and Local Government, and the Office of the Ombudsman; while the remaining are from the academe, private sector, and civil society.

Previous returning scholars have since gone on to make a difference in the organisations and sectors where their REAPs have been implemented. In 2013, Australia Awards scholar Wilmita Lyn Gupit was able to enhance the government’s policy on recruitment and promotion. Gupit’s REAP allowed her to serve as an external evaluator of the Civil Service Commission’s (CSC) Competency Based Recruitment and Promotion Policy’s pilot run. The results of the evaluation are crucial inputs to the recruitment manual for the replication of competency-based processes and procedures, which the CSC is planning to roll out to the regions and other government agencies soon.

The Australia Awards is a prestigious international scholarships program equipping emerging leaders with skills and world-class education to build a better future, not just for themselves, but also for their home countries.

The Australia Awards REAP conference is a 3-day event held annually to welcome back scholars and to finalise details of their REAP with their mentors or supervisors. This year’s conference was held at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City from 9 to 11 September.

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Four outstanding Australia Awards alumnae working to make a difference in the Philippine land sector

The Fellowship exposed me to how land administration and management is done in Australia. Because of this, I was able to appreciate the reform initiatives that DENR is currently implementing.

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For many Filipinos, access to land is a key means to get out of poverty. This is why the Philippine Government, through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Land Management Bureau (LMB), has been working to improve land administration and management in the country through various reforms including computerization of land-related data and removal of overlapping oversight function among government agencies.

Four notable Australia Awards scholars are at the forefront of these reforms. One of them is Atty. Emelyne Talabis, Director of LMB and Australia Awards Fellow in 2009. “The Fellowship exposed me to how land administration and management is done in Australia. Because of this, I was able to appreciate the reform initiatives that DENR is currently implementing. I can say that we are on the right path,” she shared.

According to Director Talabis, the lack of accessible, transparent and reliable land data and our fragmented land administration system are two of the most pressing land issues the Philippine government needs to resolve. “That’s why the Bureau is pursuing the Land Administration and Management System (LAMS),” she said. The project, which involves computerization of land records, will link land information pertaining to cadastral maps, approved land survey plans, public land applications and titles. The LAMS will allow the public to have access to these data.

“LMB is currently capturing all pertinent data and aiming for full implementation of LAMs by 2018. However, we still need to link the systems and merge the data of the different agencies involved in land administration and management in the country. We are still working that out,” Dir. Talabis detailed.

Her Australia Awards Fellowship allowed her to observe Landgate’s, LMB’s counterpart in Western Australia, efficient service delivery. “In Western Australia, you can request a reconstituted title and get it within a few minutes. In the Philippines, you have to go through the courts. The process is very different there, very efficient. I want to model our land administration on Landgate’s system,” she said.

Director Talabis has the full support of other Australia Awards Scholars working at the LMB including Ms. Erma Quirimit, Special Investigator III; Ms Alice Robles, Center for Land Administration and Management Philippines (CLAMP) Manager; and, Ms Maria Gina Pascua from the Land Policy and Planning Division.

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Ms. Quirimit took up post-graduate studies on Public Administration (Policy) at Flinders University. She is currently supervising the development of the revised manual on land disposition. “The manual will be distributed nationwide and will serve as a reference for LMB personnel, especially the new hires, in the processing of land patents,” Ms. Quirimit explained. 
“It will also curtail corruption by ensuring that the proper procedure, including the allotted processing time, is followed,” she added.

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Ms Robles (Master of Human Resource Management, University of Newcastle) backed her colleague, “We want to capacitate all LMB personnel. We want them to be more motivated, to be more efficient and productive, and ultimately, to provide better customer service.”

Like Director Talabis, Ms. Robles credits her Australia Awards experience in widening her perspective. “I now have an appreciation for cultural diversity because of my interaction with classmates from different countries at the University of Newcastle.  I learned that there could be harmony in diversity,” she said.

Because students come from different places, it is natural that they have differing views. She was impressed by the teachers’ respect for dissenting opinions and how classroom discussions were handled. Using her learnings in Australia to encourage more open discussion between the management and staff of LMB, Ms. Robles along with other managers and division chiefs, are setting up an innovation team to encourage discussion and creativity at the Bureau. They hope that encouraging friendly debate among staff will produce not only new ideas to improve conditions in the workplace but also creative solutions to issues in the land sector.

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Technical skills aside, studying in Australia also improved scholars’ coping skills.  “It’s very hard but very fulfilling. Not everyone gets a chance to be an Australia Awards scholar. It has been a life-changing experience for me,” Ms. Pascua (Graduate Diploma in Public Administration, Flinders University) imparted.

“I learned how to manage stress. There was a lot of pressure especially because you are representing your country,” she continued. After her post-graduate studies in Australia, she returned to work at the Bureau’s planning and policy division where she is now OIC Chief. She credits her ability to calmly lead her team through heavy workload and tight deadlines to her experience studying in Australia.

All four awardees made great strides in representing women in government.   Director Talabis, the first woman to head the Bureau in its 115-year history, is keen to see more women to join their rank. “I want to encourage more women to work for the government. Public service is very different to what it was before. We can now compete with the private sector in terms of quality of work and how we provide service. With the new salary standardization law, compensation is moving to be at par with our private sector counterpart.”

Australia Awards Scholarships is currently accepting applications for its 2017 intake. Visit www.australiaawardsphilippines.org or email the Secretariat at secretariat@australiaawardsphilippines.org for more information.

Returning Filipino scholars join Australia Global Alumni Network in the Philippines

The Australian Embassy in the Philippines recently hosted a reception to welcome the newest group of Australia Global Alumni. The 50 returning Australia Awards scholars are now a part of a global network of Australian-educated Filipinos who stay connected with their Australian network through the Australia Global Alumni community.
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“One of the things that is really important to the Embassy is to stay in touch with our alumni. We share so much in common – from our experiences in Australia to our commitment to contribute to development in the Philippines. Australian Alumni are not only cherished friends of the Embassy but our partners in development,” said Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely.

The Australia Global Alumni is an Australian Government initiative to connect and engage with international students who studied in Australia. In the Philippines, the alumni community stages an annual Alumni Network Summit. The event provides alumni with new ideas, perspectives and additional motivation to use their Australian education, training, and network to reach higher goals.

Australian alumna and the summit’s 2018 conference chair Dr. Nikki Gavino, noted the importance of being part of the network.  “It’s important for alumni to be a part of a network like the Australia Global Alumni. It’s a great way to keep on growing even if we’re no longer studying. We have to keep growing intellectually, socially and professionally. And engaging with other alumni and building networks is a greater way to do that,” she said.

Fresh from completing her Master of International and Development Economics from the Australian National University, Sol Francesca Cortes is pleased to become a part of the alumni community. “I am excited to join the knowledge sharing sessions and meet people in the same field with whom I can collaborate for initiatives that can help my organisation,” she said.

Likewise, new alumnus John Carlo Fernando who completed Master of Learning Sciences and Technology from the University of Sydney, looks forward to networking with fellow Filipino alumni: “I think the beauty of being a member of the Australia Global Alumni is that you get to meet like-minded people who have similar passions and with whom you share a lot of the same experiences with. It’s an exciting opportunity!”

Some of the key activities of the Australia Global Alumni in the Philippines include the Alumni Grant Scheme, Australia Alumni Excellence Awards, and the Knowledge Sharing Series, which includes learning sessions, colloquia, and summit. Filipino alumni can visit www.australiaawardsphilippines.org /alumni to join the alumni network and get updates on alumni events.

35 Filipinos earn Australian degrees at De La Salle University

"Thirty-five Filipino professionals earned dual degrees from the University of Newcastle (Australia) and De La Salle University (Philippines)’s innovative study and exchange program supported by the Australian Embassy. "
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Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely led the conferment ceremonies held at the De La Salle campus in Manila.

“The Australian Embassy is pleased to support the partnership between the University of Newcastle and De La Salle University. This initiative breaks through the challenge that many organisations face in allowing key staff and busy officials to be away from work for an extended period. It also demonstrates what can be achieved when Australian and Philippines universities partner together,” said the Ambassador.

This initiative offers opportunities to outstanding Filipino graduate students.

The 35 graduates undertook studies for the Diploma in Industrial Relations at DLSU for a semester followed by a year of study for the Master of Human Resource Management from the University of Newcastle. The first batch of Filipinos who undertook the joint program graduated in 2016.

The jointly-managed postgraduate program was facilitated through the Australian Embassy’s broader efforts to link Australian and Philippine universities and educational institutions. These partnerships provide a tailored educational experience for Filipino and Australian students.

In her keynote address to the graduates, Ambassador Gorely underscored the development impact of higher education in Australia: “Following your study in Australia, at the University of Newcastle and at De La Salle University, you have the power to shape the strategic direction of an organisation. Your work in the public and private sector will ensure your organisations have the right human talent to deliver the projects that will build a better future for the Filipino people.”

Addressing the graduates, Br. Raymund Suplido FSC, PH.D., President, De La Salle University, reminded the scholars that they were now equipped to make a difference. “We are confident that you are graduating from a program that has given you the skills, aptitude and values for yourself as well as for your respective institutions. We are also confident that you leave with lifelong learning attitudes and habits because that is what is much needed today,” he said.

Professor Johanna Macneil, Assistant Dean of Teaching and Learning, University of Newcastle, encouraged the graduates to maintain meaningful Australian linkages and leave a mark globally as they officially become alumni of the university: “As you pass from student to graduate to alumnus, you now join a global alumni community of distinguished professionals and leaders living and working in over 120 countries. We embrace our students from the Philippines as amongst the most active and engaged of our alumni.”

Philippine Government Officials Set to Develop Projects on Data Analytics

Australia Awards Short Course participants spent three months of full-time study at the Carnegie Mellon University-Australia (CMU-A). They are now back in the Philippines to complete a data analytics capstone project for their re-entry action plan (REAP).

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Eleven Filipino government officials are getting Australian training in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (BIDA). The 6-month course supported by Australia Awards will help government agencies’ use data and technology to deliver public service solutions.

The participants are from  the National Economic Development Authority, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Budget and Management, the Department of Interior and Local Government, and the Civil Service Commission.  After three months of full-time study at the Carnegie Mellon University-Australia (CMU-A) in Adelaide, South Australia, the participants will complete the course part-time while back at work in the Philippines. 

“This is a great story of partnership between Australia and the Philippine Government. Technology and data analytics are powerful tools for governments to harness. I’m looking forward to seeing how Philippine agencies will use the skills they learn from this opportunity.” said Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Steven J. Robinson AO.

As part of the program each participant will develop a data analytics project with support from CMU-A. It will form part of a re-entry action plan (REAP) -  a key feature of Australia Awards courses. Through REAPs, participants apply their newly acquired knowledge to real-world projects that will provide practical benefits to their organisation.

“The participants in this program are being trained in cutting-edge analytic techniques and technologies. These new skills will help them strengthen their home agencies through the use of analytics,” said CMU-A Professor Murli Viswanathan, who supervises the development of the projects.

“In my Department, as across the whole of the public sector, there is a growing demand and need to automate administrative and financial transactions. With this training, I am in a position to be a key influencer and implementer of digital transformation in the Philippines” said Florante Igtiben, one of the course participants, a Director from the National Economic Development Agency, responsible for managing Information, Communication and Technology.  

Another participant, Assistant Director Legaspi, who works in the Export Marketing Bureau of DTI, said the short course in BIDA will help both her agency and clients.  “Utilising data science will help us understand export markets and opportunities, analyse current programs, and help us support clients as well as DTI management,” she said.

Another group of government officials completed a separate Australia Awards Short Course on Policy Research and Development also delivered by CMU-A in collaboration with De La Salle University’s Jesse Robredo Institute of Governance.  

Twenty-six policy officers from the Department of Budget and Management, the National Economic Development Authority, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Public Private Partnerships Center, the Philippine Competition Commission, and the Civil Service Commission took part in the short course.

Professor Emil Bolongaita, Head of CMU-A and Course Team Leader, said the course was results-oriented. “The participants learned critical analytical skills that will equip them to become policy entrepreneurs when they return to their agencies,” he said.

Faculty coaches from CMU-A trained participants to produce policy reform proposals that they can implement in their organisations. The course combined on-site and remote learning. At the conclusion participants presented policies they developed to senior managers in their departments.

As part of its broader development assistance program, the Australian Government supports the Philippine Government in its goal by providing capacity building and scholarships to civil servants.

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Australia Awards Short Courses provide short-term training activities that respond to the emerging needs of select Philippine agencies. They are designed to equip agencies’ leaders and professionals with valuable knowledge and skills to help them drive change in their organisations and communities. While also building people-to-people links between Australia and the Philippines.

Australian Government supports development of Davao City's Transport Plan

The Australian Government recently assisted Davao City's efforts to improve its Comprehensive Transport and Traffic Management Plan (CTTMP) for 2018-2022 with a benchmarking mission to to Brisbane and Gold Coast. Six (6) key officials from Davao City went to the two bustling Australian cities to meet their counterparts and learn how they are meeting the transport and traffic challenges of their communities.

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Mayor Sara Duterte expressed her gratitude to the Australian Government for assisting the city in enhancing its transport and traffic management plan. The benchmarking participants, who are back in Davao City, are in the process of improving the city's plan using their key learnings from the mission.

"The benchmarking mission enabled the team to identify the depth and scope of the transport plan. Through the mission, we learned how transport plans are implemented, and we saw firsthand how it has improved the lives of Australians. Our learnings gave us a template, which we can utilise in creating and enhancing our own plan," said Atty. Tristan Dwight P. Domingo, Davao City assistant city administrator and team leader of the benchmarking mission.

Brisbane, which has the same population as Davao City, has implemented transport systems such as integrated transport ticketing between buses, trains and ferry services, and specialised busways and bikeways. One of the benchmarking participants, Engineer Gina R. Santos a project evaluation officer from Davao's City Planning and Development Office, was particularly impressed with Brisbane's strategy for accelerated procurement of buses and ferries to improve Brisbane City Council public transport. "Brisbane is successful in their transport implementation because they have a very good transport plan and they have the ATAP (Australian Transport Assessment and Planning) framework that guides them on the standards of planning," she said. Inspired by Brisbane's success, Engineer Santos said their meetings and data gathering are now guided by their learnings from Brisbane's transport plan and strategic principles.

During the mission, the team also met with the Queensland Police Service-Traffic Enforcement.  According to Engineer Santos, she was impressed by how the Queensland Police capture and use traffic and enforcement data to improve community safety, road safety measures, and traffic management. "Their priority is not just apprehension, but more importantly, safety of the road users and public," she said.

Meanwhile, Engineer Ivan Cortez who is the department head of Davao's City Planning and Development Office, noted that the benchmarking mission helped him realise that active transport - such as walking and cycling - should be given full consideration in any infrastructure development and redevelopment. "Land use zoning is key in providing for an environment that makes active and public transport effective and efficient," he said. Upon their return to Davao, his team conducted a review of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan of Davao City to see how they can incorporate spatial strategies that will promote active transport in Davao City.

Davao City's benchmarking team was composed of department heads from the City Transport and Traffic Management Office, City Engineer's Office and the City Planning and Development Office. While in Australia, the team conducted site visits of Brisbane's and Gold Coast's public transport system and met with senior city council officials responsible for transport planning and traffic management as well as private sector participants implementing traffic systems.  

The benchmarking program was designed and conducted through the Australia Awards and Alumni Engagement Program Philippines (AAAEP-P) in collaboration with the Queensland University of Technology.       

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98 Filipino scholars all set to study in Australia

Almost a hundred of the best and brightest young Filipino minds will be given an opportunity to pursue graduate studies at Australia’s top universities. The Australia Awards Scholarships program of the Australian Government for which they have been selected is a prestigious international program offered to individuals who have the greatest potential to drive development in their country and become leaders in their chosen fields.

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Sixty-eight NEDA executives - from undersecretaries to regional directors - undertook a customized program for government leaders. It was delivered by the Civil Service Commission’s (CSC) Civil Service Institute based on a course designed by the Australian Government.

NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia and Australian Embassy’s Deputy Head of Mission Mat Kimberley opened the training program.

“Australia is proud to once again partner with the CSC and NEDA on this initiative. Over the years, we have supported Philippine Government initiatives to upskill and strengthen the civil service through capacity building and organisational development. The impact has been long term and continue to benefit the Philippine bureaucracy,” said Kimberley.

“We are particularly pleased to deliver this training to NEDA, as the lead government agency driving inclusive growth and development in the Philippines. We recognize that NEDA’s leadership is critical in progressing some of the game-changing initiatives of the Philippine Government. We hope that the tools the agency’s executives learn from this training will help them lead and inspire people at all levels, and deliver on the impressive agenda of AmBisyon Natin 2040.”

Secretary Pernia affirmed the value of training provided by Australia in achieving AmBisyon Natin 2040. In his message to the participating NEDA executives, the Secretary said “We work together to ensure that our development goals are achieved efficiently and effectively. I hope that the training will not only affirm your personal values as a leader, but also inspire you to carry on the good work that we have started as we pursue our Vision towards a matatag, maginhawa at panatag na buhay para sa lahat (strongly rooted, comfortable, and secure life for all).”

In 2017, the Australian Government funded the customisation of Franklin Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective Managers to 7 Habits of Highly Effective Government Leaders. This customisation made the course more relevant to the Philippine public sector and allowed for local production of materials. The Australian government also funded the certification of trainers and facilitators from the CSC.

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Prestigious Australia Awards scholarships on offer for high-achieving Filipinos

The Australian Embassy announces the opening of applications for the prestigious Australia Awards Scholarships aimed at future Filipino leaders in the fields of government service, business, and civil society.

From 1 February to 30 April 2019, the Australian Government will accept applications for study commencing in 2020 through the website www.australiaaawardsphilippines.org.

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“We are proud to help develop Australian-educated leaders in fields that are important to the Philippines,” explained Steven Robinson AO, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines.

Australia Awards’ priority areas for the Philippines are trade and economics, infrastructure and smart cities, digital economy, peace and development, education, governance and public policy including civil society and media, natural resource management including mining and energy, and humanitarian and disaster risk management.

Australia Awards has supported over 4,000 Filipinos to gain postgraduate education in Australia since the 1950s. Awardees receive full support including tuition, living allowance, air travel and health insurance. The application process is open and competitive, providing equal opportunity to all eligible Filipinos.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the website and attend the information session on Wednesday 13 February, 3:00-4:30pm at the Renoir Function Room, Novotel Manila Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City. Registration via www.australiaaawardsphilippines.org is required prior to attending the event.

31 more Filipinos awarded prestigious Australia Awards scholarships

Thirty-one new scholars from the Philippines are heading to Australia in January 2019 to commence postgraduate studies in Australia’s top universities.   They are part of the *more than 100* scholars supported by the Australian Government each year.

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“I am very pleased to see another group of high-achieving scholars undertake their Australia Awards journey.  They are about to embark on accelerated professional development while in Australia. They will also develop lifelong connections and friendships, and a deeper understanding of Australian society,” said Australian Ambassador to the Philippines, Amanda Gorely.

“I understand this batch has chosen the name ‘Sambisig’ which means hand-in-hand.  It shows the vision of these scholars, to work together to bring about meaningful change in their communities. It also reflects how Australia and the Philippines work together.” 

The 31 scholars come from different fields of the government and private sector, particularly trade and economics, basic education, governance, social protection, infrastructure, public financial management, public policy, knowledge management, and local economic development.  They are expected to return to the Philippines, armed with prestigious degrees from Australia, by (add date).

“One unique aspect of our scholarship program is the re-entry action plans developed by each Australia Awards scholar. These map out how scholars will apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in Australia upon their return to the Philippines, through programs and projects that will contribute to the country’s development. We look forward to sharing stories about the reforms that these scholars will initiate in the coming years,” added Ambassador Gorely.

Under the Australian Government’s flagship scholarship program, Australia Awards recipient receive full support from the Embassy, from pre-departure briefing, throughout their studies in Australia, and upon their return to implement their REAP.  

This helps the scholar prepare for their life in Australia, the rigors of post-graduate studies, and help them implement successful projects upon their return.  

Help Us Save One of the Rarest Eagles in the World

Australia Global Alumni, in a bid to raise awareness in the current situation of our national bird, collaborates with Philippine Eagle Foundation and SM Supermalls for an exclusive screening of Bird of Prey, a documentary that follows a Philippine Eagle family in the wild and how they raise their young.

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Help Us Save One of the Rarest Eagles in the World

Australia Global Alumni, in a bid to raise awareness in the current situation of our national bird, collaborates with Philippine Eagle Foundation and SM Supermalls for an exclusive screening of Bird of Prey, a documentary that follows a Philippine Eagle family in the wild and how they raise their young.

Data Analytics Course Moves Online

The Business Intelligence and Data Analytics short course is the first of its courses to move from the classroom to the laptop. The Carnegie Mellon University Australia commenced delivering the first module of its course at Asia Pacific College’s Magallanes campus in February before the lockdown commenced in mid-March.

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Steve Robinson AO (L-2) together with (L-R) Dr. Emil Bolongaita, Head of Carnegie Mellon University – Australia, Former National Economic Development Authority Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia, President Teresita Medado of Asia-Pacific College, and Professor Murali Viswanathan, Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (BIDA) Short Course Director during the opening ceremony of the BIDA Short Course last 24 February 2020 held in Asia Pacific College (APC), Makati City.

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Steve Robinson AO (L-2) together with (L-R) Dr. Emil Bolongaita, Head of Carnegie Mellon University – Australia, Former National Economic Development Authority Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia, President Teresita Medado of Asia-Pacific College, and Professor Murali Viswanathan, Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (BIDA) Short Course Director during the opening ceremony of the BIDA Short Course last 24 February 2020 held in Asia Pacific College (APC), Makati City.

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‘Necessity is the mother of invention’ has been demonstrated in changes to Australia Awards’ delivery of its short courses. With the pandemic still affecting the Philippines, the program decided to move from face-to-face classes to online learning.

The Business Intelligence and Data Analytics short course is the first of its courses to move from the classroom to the laptop.  The course is based on Carnegie Mellon University’s program in data analytics has been recognized and awarded as among the best programs in the world.  Carnegie Mellon University Australia commenced delivering the first module of its course at Asia Pacific College’s Magallanes campus in February before the lockdown commenced in mid-March.  Travel restrictions also meant that the University’s academics could not travel to the Philippines to deliver the course. 



Participants of the Business Intelligence and Data Analytics short course in one of their face-to-face classes held in Asia Pacific College in Makati City.

Participants of the Business Intelligence and Data Analytics short course in one of their face-to-face classes held in Asia Pacific College in Makati City.

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Without missing a beat, the University transitioned the short course to remote live and online classes delivered from its campus in Adelaide.  Working together with the Australia Awards Program, its 10 Philippine Government agencies and course participants from those agencies, the course managed a successful transition to online learning.



Dr Zbigniew Zdziarski from Carnegie Mellon University Australia conducts his online class via Zoom.

Dr Zbigniew Zdziarski from Carnegie Mellon University Australia conducts his online class via Zoom.

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The course is training 31 technical and policy staff from the Department of Finance, National Economic  and Development Authority, Department of Budget and Management, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Transportation, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Information and Communication Technology, Philippine Statistics Authority and the Civil Service Commission.

The short course is designed to strengthen competencies in Information Management and Data Analytics in these government agencies.  Course participants are gaining substantial training and career experience, learning both cutting-edge theoretical knowledge and practical market-oriented approaches.  The curriculum combines business intelligence, data analytics and management subjects with industry-based data analytics projects to enhance the analytics capacity of their home agencies when participants return to full-time work in August. 

Six more Australia Awards short courses will be conducted online commencing in June 2020 for its partner agencies.  Visit www.australiaawardsphilippines.org/shortcourses for details.  To learn more about CMU’s courses visit www.australia.cmu.edu.