POST TIME: 1 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Fully professional people can help break poverty cycle: Dr Shirin
UNB, Dhaka

Fully professional people can help break poverty cycle: Dr Shirin

Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury has said a fully engaged, educated, healthy and productive professional group of people can help break multi-generational poverty and can be resilient in the face of personal and societal threats. She also said they, as skilled and informed citizens, can contribute effectively to the strengthening of their communities and nation.

The Speaker was addressing a function hosted by the Australian High Commission here on Wednesday evening. Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Julia Niblett said her government awarded 50 new Australia Awards -- masters level scholarships for study in Australia commencing in 2020. Applications for the next intake of Australia Awards will commence in early 2020.

The High Commissioner also welcomed home 50 scholars who have completed their study. Twenty-five of the scholarships were awarded to women. They offer the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia.

In Bangladesh, Australia Awards support the development of human resources to help build a highly skilled workforce. Australia has awarded more than 3,000 scholarships to Bangladeshis since 1972. Fields of study include architecture, climate change, cyber-security, digital communication, education, engineering, environmental law, international and development economics, public policy, public health and technology in Australia’s world-class universities.

 “The knowledge and skills developed during their studies will equip them to contribute to their workplaces and to the development of Bangladesh,” said Niblett. Australia also maintains long-term linkages with Australia Awards alumni so that the benefits of their Australian experiences continue when they return to Bangladesh. Niblett congratulated scholars returning to Bangladesh on their successful attainment of an Australian Awards degree.

 “I’m so proud that Australia Awards alumni are leaders for positive change and development in Bangladesh,” said. Niblett. The Speaker thanked the Australian government for the human capacity development opportunities provided by Australia Awards.