Australia Awards - Mongolia
Australia has provided development assistance to Mongolia for more than two decades. Long-term scholarships, providing opportunities for Mongolians to study in Australia, have been the cornerstone of this assistance. Scholarships offered under the Australia Awards are one way to address human resource needs in Mongolia and build people-to-people links.
Australia Awards Mongolia commenced on 1 July 2013, with the goal of improving human capacity in targeted sectors and contributing to recognising Australia as a valuable contributor to Mongolia's development.
The Program operates under a Subsidiary Arrangement between the Governments of Australia and Mongolia and is managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Each year the Program is reviewed by a Program Coordinating Committee (PCC) that considers the activities and achievements of the past year and recommends directions for the following year. The PCC comprises representatives from the Government of Mongolia, Government of Australia and stakeholder organisations.
The Australian Government values contributions from all people. It seeks equity and broad participation by all groups in society: women, men, people with disabilities and people living in provinces. Everyone is encouraged to apply.
A compulsory English language training and academic preparation program is offered to candidates selected for Awards. It is delivered in Mongolia. For those whose English language proficiency is not strong enough to be accepted into courses at Australian universities there is English language training for up to 26 weeks (including academic preparation). For candidates who already meet English language requirements to study in Australia, there is a compulsory 6 week academic preparation course.
The Program tracks graduates for two years after they return to Mongolia to monitor their reintegration and their contributions to development and there are strong links with the alumni association (the Mozzies). These encourage continuing links between alumni and with Australia.
A Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Framework is used to measure Program achievements and progress towards its goals and objectives. The framework also provides information on the efficiency and effectiveness of Program delivery.