• Australia Awards
  • Bangladesh

Australia Awards alumna Tania Ferdous has been contributing to Bangladesh’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a vital participant in government-led relief initiatives such as distributing financial assistance.

During the crucial first months of the pandemic, Tania was working as a Senior Assistant Commissioner and Executive Magistrate in Rangpur, a district in northern Bangladesh that witnessed a high number of COVID-19 positive cases. In addition to performing her regular magisterial duties, Tania used her leadership skills to motivate people to follow safety protocols such as wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. She also worked on practical and legal initiatives to maintain market stability.

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  • Australia Awards
  • Australia Awards-Endeavour
  • Viet Nam

On Saturday, October 31st 2020, an alumni talk show “What Vietnamese SMEs need to prepare for opportunities from the "New Normalcy"?” was held by Aus4Skills (Australian Alumni in Vietnam) in Hanoi, Vietnam.

With the goal to support Vietnamese SMEs in adapting to the “New Normalcy” and further help expand alumni’s network in business, the event attracted over 60 participants.

Expert Bui Kim Thuy, Senior Country Representative, the US-ASEAN Business Council, Vietnam Office and 3 prominent Australian alumni who are managing businesses in Vietnam were invited as members of the Panel to come and share with the audience their experience in facing difficulties during COVID-19 and how SMEs can prepare to seize opportunities from the “New Normalcy”.

The talk show also featured display tables from 7 businesses operating in diverse fields, including farming, fitness, psychological consultation, F&B services and healthcare technology. The display attracted a lot of interests from attendees and further helped introducing and connecting alumni-owned businesses with the wider Australian alumni community in Vietnam. 

Apart from being a great networking opportunity, feedbacks from participants showed that Panel presentation and discussion were well-received. Among the topics discussed, key take-aways for participants were the importance of risk and expectation management for SMEs, the need for flexible planning and a growing trend of digitalisation in the Industry 4.0 era.

The talk show was organised for and by the alumni Economics and Business Professional Group, established under the Australian Embassy’s Australian Alumni in Vietnam Strategy.


  • Lao People's Democratic Republic

"I'm honoured to be part of the conversation community to safeguard our natural treasures and to inspire people to value nature", - Manoly Sisavanh, a participant of the Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP) in 2019.

  • All Countries

New research from the Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility shows the alumni of Australian Government development scholarships and fellowships have contributed to all 17 areas targeted by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Facility’s latest report is a synthesis of the research undertaken in the first four years of the program. It explores the themes and findings around the long-term outcomes of the Australia Awards and predecessor scholarships and fellowships over a 70 year period – from the 1950s to the 2010s.

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  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar

Throughout September, alumni from South and West Asia, Mongolia and Myanmar participated in a series of online #AustraliaAwards events on inclusive education, educational technology and remote learning for #InternationalLiteracyDay.

These events provided a platform for Australia Awards alumni, academics and educationists to discuss innovative practices and effective teaching methodologies that can be used to deliver literacy and education programs during the pandemic. #GettingThroughThisTogether

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