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Mateship and Bayanihan: 75 years of Australia and Philippines diplomatic relations

Australia is celebrating 75 years of diplomatic relations with the Philippines in 2021, and education remains a mutual priority between the two countries. Through the years, Australia Awards has contributed to the strong people-to-people and education links between Australia and the Philippines.

Filipino alumni of Australian universities and registered training organisations are leaders and influencers in key fields and industries. They play a key role in supporting the strong and dynamic Philippines-Australia relations.

Read 75 stories of mateship and bayanihan including inspiring stories of Australia Global Alumni:

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Experience the possibilities with an Australia Awards Scholarship

Australia Awards is the prestigious scholarship offered by the Australian Government to Filipinos who have the potential to contribute to the country’s development and become leaders in their chosen field.

Are you an applicant, awardee, partner organisation or mentor? Check out the link below for useful information on the Australia Awards Scholarships.

Applications for the 2022 intake of Australia Awards Scholarships is now closed. Applicants who successfully finalised their forms will be contacted through email regarding their submission.

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Be a part of the Australia Global Alumni community in the Philippines

Are you a graduate of an Australian university? Did you complete a training or a short course conducted by an Australian registered training organisation? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to stay connected with your fellow alumni and build and mobilise your professional networks. Visit our alumni page to know more about Australia Global Alumni’s activities in the Philippines.

Sign up to get the latest updates on the Australia Global Alumni.

News and Updates

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Australian Embassy Welcomes Balikbayan Scholars

Ambassador Steven J. Robinson AO, together with Embassy officials, recently welcomed the returning scholars to the Australia Global Alumni community in the Philippines. The scholars shared their amazing experiences in Australia, their life during the pandemic, and their plans to help create a positive impact in their communities and organisations using their Australian education and experience.

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Returning Filipino scholars set to make a difference in the Philippines

Fresh from finishing their postgraduate studies in Australia’s top universities, the latest batch of Filipino scholars recently discussed opportunities to give back to the Philippines and make a difference in their organisations and communities. The Re-integration and Re-Entry Action Plan (REAP) Finalisation Workshop provided a platform for the returning scholars to discuss and finalise their REAPs and discuss reintegration concerns in the Philippines.

Australia Alumni community in Indo-Pacific Region gathers at a virtual conference to discuss inclusive recovery from COVID-19

Australia Alumni community in Indo-Pacific Region gathers at a virtual conference to discuss inclusive recovery from COVID-19

Over 400 alumni from 18 countries across the Indo-Pacific Region recently gathered virtually at the 2021 Regional Gender Equality Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) Leadership Summit. The Summit provided an opportunity for 3 half-days of networking, knowledge-sharing, and collaboration among the alumni, particularly in addressing key GEDSI issues that were highlighted by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the theme Breaking Barriers: Working Together Towards Inclusive Recovery, the Summit focused on a socially inclusive recovery from COVID-19.

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Australia supports the professional development of local scholars pursuing development work in the Bangsamoro region

Forty alumni of the In-Country Local Scholarship Program (ICSP) gathered virtually for a discussion on leadership, grit and resiliency dubbed as “Leading with Grisiliency.”

Make a difference with Australia Awards

Meet Iona Mapa

I learned from my professors at Monash that a teacher’s heart is very important in how they approach students.

Empowered by her postgraduate studies in inclusive education, Australia Awards alumna Iona Mapa came home to the Philippines with a world-class education and a fresh perspective to make a difference in the lives of students with disabilities.

Iona completed her Master of Education from the Monash University in 2019.

Watch her story.

Meet Iona Mapa

I learned from my professors at Monash that a teacher’s heart is very important in how they approach students

Empowered by her postgraduate studies in inclusive education, Australia Awards alumna Iona Mapa came home to the Philippines with a world-class education and a fresh perspective to make a difference in the lives of students with disabilities.

Iona completed her Master of Education from the Monash University in 2019.

Watch her story.

Spotlight on the re-entry action plan (REAP)

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Meet Arvin Razon

Atty Arvin Razon’s determination to respond to the inevitable challenges that technology poses is eminent in his re-entry action plan.

The increasing number of cases related to data privacy and data protection has driven many to learn about advance communication technologies and embrace the digital transformation, for Arvin, navigating the digital age means having meaningful conversations on advancing and protecting the socio-economic rights of Filipinos.

Arvin finished his Master of Laws at the University of Melbourne in 2019.

Read his story here

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Story Bites

Awardees

Alumni

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My Australia Awards Story: #MemorableChapterofMyLife

Story Bites Awardees

Australia Awards scholar Imari Leen Roble, known as “Teacher Mai”, considers her Australia Awards Journey as a memorable chapter of her life.

Teacher Mai discovered her passion to make a difference at an early age but realised that being passionate is not enough. After a conversation with a mother of a child with a disability, she pursued her interest in inclusive education.

"If I were to describe my Australia Awards Journey in four words, it would be – chance of a lifetime! Having the luxury of uninterrupted time to focus on studies and being generously supported financially was key in productively pursuing our organization’s inclusive education advocacy," says Teacher Mai.

Imari is currently the Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Teacher’s Gallery–a social enterprise that aims to empower educators in building inclusive communities.



Alumni

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Australia Awards Alumna Sabrina Ongkiko named as one of Metrobank Foundation’s 2021 Ten Outstanding Filipinos

Story Bites Alumni

Sabrina Ongkiko, better known as Teacher Sabs, is a public school teacher at Culiat Elementary School where she led the school’s learning continuity program during the pandemic by piloting Facebook messenger classes and strengthening learner mapping and community support, among others. She was recognised by the Metrobank Foundation for her initiatives and learning continuity plan in the field of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) during the ongoing pandemic.

In 2013, Sabrina completed her Master of Education at the University of Melbourne.

“Studying in Australia gave me the opportunity to step back from the context that I was immersed in and reflect on it further through researching, reading journals and attending lectures by Australian experts whose works I had been reading previously.”