Australia scholarships for 55 young Fijians

Australian Awards Scholarship recipients share a light moment during their pre-departure briefing at the Australian High Commission in Suva yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

FIFTY-FIVE Fijians have been awarded Australia Awards Scholarships to study in Australia next year.

Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner to Fiji, Amy Crago said Australia was committed to supporting Fiji’s efforts in promoting prosperity, reduce poverty and enhance political stability.

“We work closely with the Government of Fiji to determine the country’s priorities for development. The awards application process was open and competitive, providing equal opportunity to all eligible citizens in Fiji regardless of gender, ethnicity and disability,” Ms Crago said.

She said the 2019 intake was exciting as it included 24 universities across Australia. The awards were given to individuals who strive to be leaders in their respective fields.

Awardee Losena Tudreu, who is a librarian with the National Archives for Fiji, said the level of studies for the archival management could only be done overseas.

“Australia being one of the recommended countries under the International Council of Archives, most of the programs there are tailored for the Pacific,” she said.

She said she was fortunate to have applied earlier and awarded the scholarship.

“Usually for us in Fiji, we’re always last minute so I applied for the scholarship as soon as it opened and I was surprised to be awarded the scholarship considering the number of people who had applied,”she said.

Ms Tudreu will be pursuing a postgraduate diploma in digital information management at the University of Technology Sydney for a year.

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