Australia rewards eight Lankan professionals
Australian High Commissioner Dr. Greg French, announced on wednesday
that eight Sri Lankan professionals had been awarded the prestigious
Australian Leadership Award (ALA) scholarship, enabling them to gain
PhDs and Masters Degrees in the fields of law, medicine, engineering,
economics, trade and food science.
This is only the second year the ALAs have been awarded under the
A$1.4 billion Australian Scholarships programme that will target future
leaders in the Asia-Pacific, including in Sri Lanka, for advanced study
in Australia, the High Commissioner said.
Future increases in the programme will be subject to the effective
application of additional resources and conditional on strengthened
governance and reduced corruption in partner countries. The five men and
three women selected in Sri Lanka are part of an overall intake of 172
ALA scholars from 26 countries across the region in the 2007 intake.
In addition to ALAs six Australian Development Scholarships (ADS)
were awarded to Sri Lankan Government officers to study in Australia in
2008. The Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) aims to strengthen
human resource capacity in priority sectors of partner countries.
The three men and three women selected for ADS are from the Ministry
of Environment and Natural Resources (Department of Management
Services), Ministry of Finance and Planning, Divisional secretariat in
Badulla, National Procurement Agency, Department of Agriculture and
Department of National Budget.