Studying in a foreign land is an exciting and daunting challenge for scholars. It presents an opportunity to grow their worldview, learn new things and build new connections. As part of their preparation for life in Australia, 47 scholars from Kenya (32)*, Tanzania (14) and Uganda (1) participated in a two-day pre-departure briefing. The workshop provided the scholars with valuable advice on adapting to Australia, coping with the academic environment and developing professional networks.
Speaking at the opening plenary, the High Commissioner accredited to Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, Alison Chartres, lauded the scholar’s leadership potential, noting that it was a requirement “to advance development in Africa.” She added, “We are delighted that you will nurture your talent and expertise in Australian universities and on your return home you will be able to make an important contribution to national and regional development.”
* Two of the Kenyan recipients are post-Doctoral Fellows who will be travelling to Australia for the second part of their post-Doctoral fellowship piloted in three countries, last year.