A Griffith University student spoke with passion on behalf of his fellow Australia Award recipients at the State Farewell ceremony this week at Queensland Parliament House.
Joshua Machao is about to head back to his home in Botswana after completing his Masters in Health Services Management (Honours) with Griffith, but before doing so he held the honour of speaking for the 2013 Australia Award graduating cohort.
The event on Tuesday, held for the first time in Queensland, was an opportunity to bid farewell and best wishes to the scholarship holders who have studied with a Queensland university.
After two years with Griffith, including a placement with Swan Hill Health Service, Joshua will return to Botswana and his position with the Ministry of Health. He is one of 70 Australia Award scholarship recipients studying at Griffith in 2013 and an example of the next generation of leaders rising to global challenges and the opportunities in health.
About the Australia Awards
The Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships and fellowships funded by the Australian Government. They offer the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia and for high-achieving Australians to do the same overseas.
The Australia Awards are a whole-of-government initiative bringing together scholarships and fellowships administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade the Department of Education and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).
In 2012, the Australian Government invested $334.2 million in Australia Awards, enabling 4,900 recipients from more than 145 countries to undertake study, research and professional development.