Pre-Departure Briefing (PDB) for Intake 2
A Pre-Departure Briefing (PDB) for Intake 2, 2018 took place on 27-28 April 2018 at the Australia Awards Mongolia (AAM) conference room and was attended by 22 awardees and 20 family members.
On behalf of Australia Award Mongolia, Ms Tsetsgee Yundendorj, AAM Country Manager, congratulated the awardees on their success before inviting Mr. Shayne McKenna, First Secretary (Political) from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to provide a welcome address and open the PBD.
Mr McKenna expressed his delight with the awardees’ achievements to date. He wished the awardees’ success with their studies and reminded them of DFAT’s expectation that they return to contribute to development in Mongolia in their diverse fields. In his speech, Mr McKenna emphasised the importance of diversity and inclusion. He reminded awardees to be inclusive in the implementation of their activities upon return. Awardees then introduced themselves and several talked about their reintegration plan and career goals, which were well received.
The first day of the PDB focused on DFAT’s information kit about living and studying in Australia. A number of returned graduates shared their personal experiences in areas such as: finding accommodation, bringing family, settling into a new environment, studying and working in Australia. New awardees found this information especially useful.
The second day was dedicated to cultural orientation and sharing experiences. Awardees were grouped into the cities where they would be living and learned from graduates and Australian Volunteers.
The Mongolia-Australia Alumni Association (Mozzies) and Women’s Leadership Program (WLP) representative shared about her personal and professional experiences.
In total, ten alumni, an Australian volunteer and a Mozzies board member/WLP participant contributed to the PDB.