THE Australian Prime Minister's Pacific-Australia (PMPA) Award was recently awarded to a tutor at The University of the South Pacific (USP), in Canberra.
Post graduate student and now a tutor at the university's School of Economics, Neelesh Gounder was among international students selected for the award, which was funded by the Australian Federal Government.
The awards presentation by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard at a dinner function in Canberra late last year, said the awards recognised emerging leaders from Australia and participating economies in the Asia-Pacific region.
In a letter informing Mr Goundar of his selection, AusAID's acting assistant director general for scholarships and volunteers, Fiona Cornwell said he was chosen because of his sustained academic achievement and contribution to the community and the university.
Ms Cornwell said the Fijian graduate demonstrated leadership capacity and the relevance of his proposed work placement to academic studies, future employment, and the development of the home country.