The Australian High Commission in Nigeria, celebrated 26 scholars from Nigeria (22) and Niger (4) at their recent pre-departure briefing. Speaking at the opening of a two-day presentation, the Australian Deputy High Commissioner, Cleo Wilson, congratulated them on their achievement. She affirmed the High Commission’s commitment to nurturing the talent and expertise of the scholars through the Australia Awards.
Senior government representatives from Niger and Nigeria were also in attendance. Mr Augustine Uzor, Director of Learning and Development – Head of the Civil Service of the Federation of Nigeria congratulated the scholars and thanked the Australia Alumni Association of Nigeria for their role in promoting Australia Awards and supporting the mobilising scholars. Mr Mayanaen Souleymane, Chief of Service Allocations – Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation expressed his gratitude for the support given to Nigeriens. He also encouraged Nigerien scholars to represent their country well, during their time in Australia.
The Nigerien and Nigerian scholars are part of the 156 African scholars offered an Australia Award, out of over 3,500 applicants. The Australia Awards Scholarships are an integral part of the Australian Government’s engagement with Africa.