Reintegration planning is an important component of the Australia Awards – Africa program. Through each significant stage of a student’s scholarship, emphasis will be made on Reintegration Planning and the Reintegration Action Plan (previously known as the Work Plan on Return). Students must complete the Reintegration Planning Journey as part of their award, using the Reintegration Planning Portal. The portal is accessible from the Alumni Portal tab on the website’s home page.
Importance of reintegration planning
Reintegration planning maximises the value of a student’s Australia Award and ensures that course selection and the acquisition of skills and knowledge while on award are in alignment with development impact and change upon returning home. Through reintegration planning, an Awardee develops into an ‘agent of change’.
Alumni who experience successful reintegration usually plan for this in advance and understand their value proposition in leading change and innovation along with promoting gender equity and social inclusion. They invest in improving their individual characteristics such as developmental leadership, global citizenship, community values, open-mindedness, intercultural competence, adaptability to change and a commitment to advance sustainable development and promote public and economic diplomacy.
Making the most of all opportunities provided by the Australia Awards – Africa program, as well as your university (e.g. reintegration workshops, networking and extra-curricular activities offered by your university), will equip you with the skills and know-how to successfully reintegrate in your home country.
Reintegration Action Plan
Awardees are required to complete a Reintegration Action Plan (RAP) as part of the application and selection process. The RAP captures ideas and planning for development impact upon graduation, and outlines an aspect of change to implement upon returning home. While on award, Awardees will continue to reflect, review and modify their RAP, ensuring that they capture the necessary skills and knowledge required to successfully implement back home.
Through the Alumni Portal, scholars can build their RAP in the “My RAP e-portfolio”, while following six modules during and after their award. Awardees can discuss their RAP ideas and planning at the reintegration workshops offered during their studies. The second component of the RAP is Post-Award Reflection, which is to be completed 12 months after graduation. The information from the RAP will also be used for program monitoring and evaluation purposes, so it is essential that scholars review their plan periodically on their return, record progress against objectives, identify successes and highlight any unanticipated challenges.
The Alumni Portal facilitates the RAP and reintegration planning for Awardees. It allows Awardees to search other users and connect with those who have a similar RAP topic. Prior to attending the pre-departure briefings in Africa, Masters Awardees need to register on the portal and set up their profile, including an initial RAP outline. The portal is accessible from the home page of the website. For Masters Awardees, six modules are available, aligned with each stage of the award, including:
Module 1 – Pre-mobilisation
Module 2 – Arrival in Australia
Module 3 – On-Award reflection
Module 4 – Reintegration workshops
Module 5 – Alumni
Module 6 – Ongoing portal engagement
Masters Awardees need to follow and complete the six online modules on the Alumni portal. Module 1 is completed at the pre-departure briefing, while modules 2 to 4 are completed on award. Module 5 is completed 12 months after graduation, while module 6 facilitates ongoing engagement with the program. The RAP is housed on the portal in the My RAP e-portfolio, which Awardees can access at any time. The modules contain helpful information and interactive videos featuring past and current Australia Awards Awardees. The modules are released at each new stage of the award, and Awardees receive email notifications and reminders.
Short Course Awardees follow a shorter process, with a shorter RAP.
Reintegration workshops and events
Through their entire study period, Masters students are periodically invited to attend one or more reintegration event/workshop in a nearby capital city. These events consolidate thinking around the RAP and its implementation, develop their personal and soft skills, and provide opportunities to discuss ideas and learn from other Awardees. Before attending any workshop, Awardees will be requested to complete certain modules on the Alumni Portal and bring along a copy of their RAP portfolio for discussion.