Australia Awards welcomes recently returned alumni to Mongolia
Posted: 29 November 2021
On 23 November 2021, Australia Awards – Mongolia held a ‘Welcome Back Ceremony’ to honour 27 recently returned alumni who graduated from Australian universities through an Australia Awards Scholarship. These 27 graduates undertook study programs specialising in a variety of sectors including: sustainable energy, environment, science, education, development studies, applied statistics, engineering science, public health, information technology, health management, econometrics, and banking and finance.
Mr David Preston, First Secretary of the Australian Embassy in Mongolia, opened the event, congratulating the graduates on their achievements in Australia. He encouraged them all to expand both their networks and their dreams for Mongolia, now that they have returned home and can implement their new skills and knowledge. He further emphasised that the skills, knowledge and experience they have learnt from Australia will assist them to grow professionally and personally. He highlighted opportunities available for Australia Awards alumni, including the Women’s Leadership Program, Short Courses, and ‘Mozzies’ (the Mongolia-Australia Society) and its networking and professional development opportunities.
Fresh from finishing their postgraduate studies in Australian universities, the alumni shared their amazing experiences in Australia and their plans to help create a positive impact in their communities and organisations using their Australian education and experience.
Alumna Mrs Munkhzaya Batbaatar, (MSc from Monash University), Vice President of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Finance and Economics highlighted that “Australia Awards equipped me with the skills and knowledge needed to drive change and influence policy back home.”
Having completed a Master’s at Macquarie University in Australia, Mr Ariunbold Shagdar, Director of Census and Data Research Department at the National Statistics Office in Mongolia, gave presentations on his in-Australia experiences including his initial impressions, the academic environment and learning methods, links, and networks he has established in Australia.
Representatives from the Wildlife Science and Conservation Centre of Mongolia, LGBT Centre, University of Finance and Economics, and Mongolian State University of Education attended the ceremony, congratulating the graduates and wishing them success in their future contributions to Mongolia’s ongoing development.
Country Program Manager of Australia Awards – Mongolia, Mrs Enkhtuvshin Lunden, guided them through the process of reviewing their ‘Reintegration Plan’ (developed for their initial Australia Awards Scholarship application). She also provided information about academic, professional and social networks available through the Australian Global Alumni Network, Mozzies and the Australia Awards – Mongolia Program. Following the presentation, participants not only had lively discussions about their future plans but also tested their knowledge of facts about Australia during the quiz night.