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New Australian Scholarships for 2015

22 September 2015, Another 22 future leaders have been awarded Australia Awards scholarships to pursue undergraduate and post-graduate studies in Australia from 2016.

Australia’s Ambassador to the Lao PDR, John Williams, today congratulated this year’s Australia Awards recipients in Laos at a ceremony in Vientiane.

Williams urged the Lao scholars to aim high in their studies, drawing on the example set by primes Lao awardees, such as Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Saleumxay Kommasith, and Vice Minister for Finance, Thipphakone Chanthavongsa

He said Australia Awards Scholarships were a central and long standing part of Australia’s development cooperation program with the Lao PDR, helping to develop human resources in education, rural development, trade and natural resource management.

“For over 50 years, Australia has supported Lao PDR’s best and brightest future leaders, in government and business, to study at Australia’s world-class universities.”

“This year’s recipients too will have the chance to study and experience life in Australia, to gain the skills and knowledge to drive development in the Lao PDR, and build closer links with Australia,” Ambassador Williams said.

The Australia Awards Scholarships program offers the next generation of leaders the opportunity to enhance their skills and build professional networks, to help drive socio-economic development in recipient countries.

Since the inception of Australian Government scholarships in Laos, more than 1,200 awardees have successfully gained tertiary qualifications in Australia and returned to apply their new skills in the Lao PDR.