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Australia Awards Masters in Madagascar
Australia Awards will be available for Malagasy to undertake Masters level studies in Australia from the first time for the academic year 2016-17. A workshop to promote the awards will be held in Antananarivo on 3 December. For further information go to www.australiaawardsafrica.org or Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Australian Awards Alumni Ambassador in Madagascar Désiré Rakotondravaly is seen here promoting the awards at a Ministry information session held recently in Tana. The Alumni Awards position is a voluntary role held by a past Awardee to share experiences of applying for the Awards and studying in Australia.
The Australian Alumni Association and
the Australian High Commission in Mauritius
are pleased to launch our "Speaker Series", to connect you with fellow Alumni,
visiting Australians and high achievers to engage you in debate and discussion.
Kicking off the series, we have a high calibre speaker and a high octane venue at the ABC Car Showrooms,
kindly hosted by Australian Alumnus Dean Ah-Chuen.
"From New York to Newcastle" - Former Wall Street Banker turned Corporate Law Expert at Australia's
University of Newcastle, Professor Gopalan, Dean of Law, will share his insights on corporate crime, legal
studies and careers over a glass of Australian wine and canapés.
Date: Wednesday 26th November 2014 from 6 pm to 8 pm
Venue: ABC Motors Car Gallery, Phoenix
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women / White Ribbon Day
Australia has zero tolerance for violence against women, both in Australia and internationally. To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and White Ribbon Day, hear from Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls about what Australia is doing to end violence against women around the world: www.youtube.com/watch
To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women/White Ribbon Day in Mauritius, High Commissioner Coles will host an Afternoon Tea at her residence for representatives of Women's NGOs, Women in Uniform, the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development & Family Welfare, Women Ambassadors and Members of the Diplomatic Corps. In the Seychelles next week, the Australian and UK High Commissions are collaborating with the Gender Ministry, Genderlinks and the University of the Seychelles to present a workshop on measuring Gender Based Violence in the community on 2 - 3 December 2014.
These activities will form part of the 16 Days of International Action Against Violence Against Women commencing on White Ribbon Day and concluding on International Human Rights Day (10 December).
Australia Awards Holds Pre Departure Briefings in Mauritius for Mauritian and Seychellois Masters Scholarship Recipients for 2015
High Commissioner Coles with Awardees from Seychelles and Mauritius and representatives of local coordinating authorities from Mauritius and Seychelles
The Australian Government has selected 6 professionals from Mauritius and 3 professionals from Seychelles to take up Australia Awards Scholarships at Masters level at Australian universities from January 2015.
“Through our scholarships, Australia is committed to sharing its expertise to develop the capacity and leadership skills of Mauritians and Seychellois so they can effectively contribute to development in their home countries. The Australian government believes the Awards will have long-term benefits to the individuals, institutions, communities and Mauritius and Seychelles,” said HE Susan Coles, Australian High Commissioner to Mauritius and Seychelles when opening a three day workshop to prepare the recipients to live and study in Australia. The Australian Government is hosting the three-day workshop in Mauritius from 11 – 13 November 2014. At the workshops, recipients will be thoroughly briefed on how to successfully relocate and how to approach their studies in Australia. Recipients also discuss their plans to use their newly acquired skills and knowledge to contribute to their countries’ development outcomes upon return to work in Africa at the completion of their studies. For example, Bheema Ausgur-Boyroo from Mauritius will be undertaking a Masters in Public Health at the University of Melbourne. Mrs Ausgur-Boyroo is also the recipient of the Sandra Vegting Award for Women Leadership which is designed to highlight the Australian Awards focus on women empowerment and will also benefit from a leadership course. Melina Barra from the Seychelles will be undertaking a Masters in Disability Studies which synergises well with the Australia Awards emphasis on care and assistance for people with disabilities.
A High profile Reception was held for Mauritius Pre Departure Briefings on Wednesday 12 November at the Australian High Commissioner’s residence.
The Australian Government opened applications for the latest round of Australia Awards Scholarships (Masters) and the shorter-term Australia Awards Fellowships on 1 September 2014. Applications for Masters close on 12 December 2014 and applications for Fellowships close on 16 January 2015.
This year's Masters scholarships recipients were:
From Mauritius - Mrs Bheema Ausgur-Bhoyroo (Ministry of Health & Quality of Life), Mrs Yuckmila Chooneea (Ministry of Agro-Industry & Food Security), Mr Yousouf Gaungoo (Ministry of Health & Quality of Life), Mr Neshen Sooben (Ministry of Housing & Lands), Mr Rishidev Sookarah (Road Development Authority) and Mr Yoven Veerasamy (Ministry of Finance & Economic Development).
From Seychelles - Mrs Melina Amedee (Ministry of Health), Mr Rahul Mangroo (Department of Environment) and Mrs Octavia Rose (Seychelles Tourism Academy).
More information on Australia Awards in Africa is available on the website: www.australiaawardsafrica.org
On 100th Anniversary of World War I, Australia joins in Honouring Mauritian and Allied Soldiers on Remembrance Day
Australian High Commissioner Susan Coles laid flowers on the grave of Australia's sole serviceman buried on Mauritian soil at the Phoenix cemetery on November 11 at a Remembrance Day service organised by the UK High Commission and attended by Mauritian servicemen, Foreign Minister Dr Boolell, Archbishop Ian Ernest and other members of the diplomatic corps. 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, but is an opportunity to commemorate service men and women in all conflicts. Bandsman A. P. Partington from Tasmania buried at Phoenix cemetery died while serving on HMAS Canberra in 1941 in the Indian Ocean. The Australian High Commissioner also participated in the Remembrance Day Sunday service at the St James Cathedral and the War Memorial commemoration at Curepipe.
Preparations are already underway for the 100 year commemoration of the landings at Galipoli in 1915, to be held in April 2015. The High Commission would like to hear from you if you have an Australian - Mauritian Australian - Seychellois or other regional family link or story to contribute to a short publication marking the World Wars in the Indian Ocean. Please send details and your contact to
Australian High Commission Notices:
Australia Awards Call for Applications - APPLY NOW!!!
The call for applications for the 2015-16 Australia Awards academic intake, for Masters and short course awards, opened on 1 September 2014. On-line applications can be made by choosing your country via the Australia Awards in Africa website: www.australiaawardsafrica.org.
Australian High Commission participates in the Travel and Tourism Fair (Salon du Pret a Partir)
The High Commission participated in the Travel and Tourism Fair (Salon du Pret a Partir) that was held at the Swami Vivekananda International Conference Centre in Pailles, Mauritius from 17 - 19 October.
During the 3 day fair that saw the participation of a number of foreign embassies, high commissions and their tourism authorities, staff of the High Commission welcomed visitors with information on visas (student, business, visitor and work), education opportunities in Australia, tourism information and information on the Australia Awards. Visitors were able to interact with members of the Australian Alumni Association and hear about their 'Australian experiences' while they studied in Australia and were also able to learn more about the Australian Awards through the Australia Awards Alumni Ambassador for Mauritius, Deeptee Korlapu Bungaree, who was also present at the fair.
High Commissioner Coles with President of the Australian Aumni Association (Dr Nalini Luckheenarain), Australia Awards Alumni Ambassador (Ms Deeptee Korpalu-Bungaree) and staff members of the Australian High Commission at the Australia stand
New Alumni Associations in the Indian Ocean
During the visit of the Australian Foreign Minister the Hon. Julie Bishop MP, two new Australian Alumni Associations were launched in Madagascar and Mauritius. This followed the recent launch (in August, during the Australian Parliamentary visit) of a new Australian Alumni Association in the Seychelles. For information on joining the new associations, please send an email to the following addresses:
Members of the Alumni Association in Madagascar with Foreigh Minister Julie Bishop.
Members of the Seychelles Alumni Association with the Australian Parliamentary Delegation, & Seychelles Mininsters Adam (Foreign Affairs) and St Ange (Tourism).
The President of the Australian Alumni Association in Mauritius,Dr.Mrs Nalini Luckheenarain
with the Australian Foreign Minister the Hon Julie Bishop MP
Major Policy Event on the Ocean Economy held during Minister Bishop's visit to Mauritius
During her visit to the Indian Ocean, Minister Bishop was joined by Foreign Minister Boolell and Foreign Minister Adam of the Seychelles together with over one hundred research experts, academics, private sector representatives from the fisheries, port services, marine energy sectors and government to discuss shared interests in the Ocean, Blue or Marine economies of the Indian Ocean. A number of new colloaborations were announced, and the event concluded with Professor Collin, Deputy Director of the Oceans Institute of the University of Western Australia and Vice Chancellor Mohee of University of Mauritius signing a Memorandum of Understanding focussing on the new Faculty of Ocean Studies at the University of Mauritius, which was witnessed by Minister Bishop and Foreign Minister Dr Arvin Boolell.
The success of the event led to the Ocean Economy being chosen as the topic for the IORA Ministerial Retreat held in Perth on October 8. See link to Minister Bishop's welcome speech .......
Australian Foreign Minister visits Mauritius as part of her first Indian Ocean Tour
The Australian Foreign Minister, the Hon. Julie Bishop MP undertook her first visit to Mauritius from 13 – 15 September 2014 in her capacity as Chair of the Indian Ocean Rim Association ahead of the Council of Ministers Meeting in Perth (October 2014). Australia’s engagement with the Indian Ocean region including economic, trade and maritime issues was the focus of discussions during the Minister’s visit.
Minister Bishop was accompanied by Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott-Despoja, highlighting the important place that gender has in the Australian Government’s foreign, trade and development policy.
During her visit, Minister Bishop met with President Kailash Purryag, Prime Minister Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Foreign Minister Dr Arvin Boolell and the Seychelles Foreign Minister Jean Paul Adam.
A number of high level activities were also organised during the Minister’s visit that included a visit to the IORA Secretariat, a high level panel on the Ocean Economy to discuss the importance of ocean economies, a high level discussion on Maritime Security - Australia has been able to contribute to reduced piracy attacks and maritime crime in the Indian Ocean through naval patrols, capacity building and deploying Australian experts to support regional efforts. The event was marked by a ceremony where the 27 Mauritian police officers, coast guards, and officers from the prison service, who completed their training on Maritime Security and Law Enforcement under an Australian-funded programme, received their certificates of achievement.
The Minister opened an “Inclusive Growth” training program at the IMF’s African Training Institute which received AUD500 000 in seed capital for its establishment to support training that aligns with African partners economic priorities.
Other events included the launch of training on good agricultural practices, organic farming and sustainable livestock husbandry for women and a dinner with the Gender Minister and a group of leading women in the public and private sector.
During an event to mark the launch of the Australian Alumni Association in Mauritius, the Minister announced the appointment of the new Australia Awards Ambassador, Deeptee Korlapu Bungaree, and the awardee of the Sandra Vegting Leadership Award, Bheema Ausgur.
(L to R) UN CEDAW Committee member Mrs Premilla Patten, discusses gender empowerment in the Indian Ocean region with Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls Natasha Stott-Despoja, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Mauritian Minister Mireille Martin
Joining from the Seychelles for a number of key events during the visit, Foreign Minister JP Adam with Minister Bishop (Left); and at the presentation of Maritime Security Course Certificates for Australian funded UNODC training delivered to Mauritian and Seychelles Prison and Police Officers, at a Maritime Security Event held at IORA Headquarters, Ebene.
Minister Bishop at Panchavati Village, following the launch of Australian funded animal husbandry & agricultural practices training for women, in partnership with Local NGO Social Impact Investors; joined (at left) by Mauritian Minister for the Environment and Parliamentary Secretary Mrs Pratibah Bolah.
Mauritius Women in Uniform Founder Australian Federal Police Officer Tina Westra, President Michelle Thomas (Mauritius Police) with Committee Members (L to R) from Customs Service, the Nurses Federation, and Prisons Service, at the Beau Bassin Womens' Prison with (seated) Mme Fong Wen-Poorun (PMO) & Ambassador for Women and girls Natasha Stott-Despoja, following the launch of the Australian funded Beau Bassin Womens' Prison Gardenia Self-Care Unit
(Below Left) Unveiling a commemorative plaque for former Australian High Commissioner Sandra Vegting at the Women's Prison Pastry Unit, funded and established during Ms Vegting's time in Mauritius. (Right) Ambassador Stott-Despoja with the prison band.
(Above) Minister Bishop with participants from twenty African nations at the "Inclusive Growth" training program she launched at the IMF African Training Institute(ATI), Ebene; (Right) With ATI Director Mr Vitaliy Kramerenko and Australian High Commissioner
(Below) Meeting President Purryag at State House; Prime Minister Ramgoolam and (Right) Dr. Boolell.
Australian Foreign Minister visits Madagascar as part of her first Indian Ocean Tour
The Australian Foreign Minister, the Hon. Julie Bishop MP undertook her first visit to Madagascar from 12 – 13 September 2014 in her capacity as Chair of the Indian Ocean Rim Association ahead of the Council of Ministers Meeting in Perth (October 2014). Australia’s engagement with the Indian Ocean region including economic, trade and maritime issues was the focus of discussions during the Minister’s visit.
Minister Bishop was accompanied by Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott-Despoja, highlighting the important place that gender has in the Australian Government’s foreign, trade and development policy.
During her visit, Minister Bishop met with President Rajaonarimampianina, Prime Minister Kolo, Foreign Minister Razafitrimo and the Minister for Strategic Resources Lalaharisaina.
Minister Bishop welcomed the President’s intention to visit Sydney for the World Parks Congress in November 2014 that reflects Madagascar’s rich biodiversity and renewed commitment to maintaining the natural environment.
During her meeting with Prime Minister Kolo, the Minister announced funding to Australian NGO, Australian Doctors for Africa, to support the delivery of medical services, building renovations and provide medical equipment and training and development in the Military Hospital, the University Hospital and the Clinique St Luc in Madagascar
During an event to mark the launch of the Australian Alumni Association in Madagascar, the Minister announced the appointment of Madagascar’s first Australia Awards Ambassador, Desire Rakotondravaly and the opening of Australia Awards Masters scholarships for Malagasy nationals.
The visit concluded with a meeting with Australian mining companies and the Malagasy Chamber of Mines and the launch of an extractives training program with the Malagasy Chamber of Mines in partnership with Germany’s aid agency, GIZ, and Australian/UK company Rio Tinto on local content, skills for jobs and SME development and social impact assessments.
Below Left: With Foreign Mininster Razafitrimo Below Right: Meeting President President Rajaonarimampianina
Above: Meeting Mining Company Executive Jules Leclezio (left) and the President of Rio Tinto and the Chamber of Mines Ny Fanja Rakotomalala, at the Round Table for Australian Mining Companies held in Antananarivo on September 13.
Above: Ambassador for Women and Girls Stott-Despoja visits ECPAT and Manda support centre for children who have experienced or are vulnerable to child sex trafficking, in Madagascar.
Below Left: Minister Bishop launching the Australian Alumni Association of Madagascar with Australian Awards Inaugural Ambassador Desire Rakotondravaly
Above Right: Announcment of Funding for Australian Doctors for Africa with Madagascar PM and Health Minister Dr. Roger Kolo and Dr Graham Forward, founder of ADFA, who flew to Madgascar from Perth for the Event.
Director of Questacon Visits Mauritius
Professor Graham Durant AM, Director of the National Science and Technology Centre ‘Questacon’, visited Mauritius from 16-24 August 2014 to deliver the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre Memorial Lecture. Professor Durant held workshops for schools, science teachers and foreshadowed future collaboration between Questacon and the Rajiv Gandhi Centre. This is another example of strong collaboration between Mauritian and Australian knowledge institutions.
Seychelles Parliamentary Visit
A five-person Australian parliamentary delegation visited South Africa, Zimbabwe and Seychelles in August the Hon Warren Entsch MP, the Hon Dr Andrew Southcott MP, Senator Penny Wright, Senator David Bushby and Senator Sue Lines.
The Seychelles part of the visit was very successful and the delegation was particularly impressed with Australia’s support for anti-piracy and maritime security seen on a visit to the Seychelles Coastal protection unit and REFLECs3 centre; a DAP funded “greening the prison” project (prison housing Somali pirates); our launch of a Women In Police network; a progressive drug rehabilitation centre and World Heritage listed Vallee du Mai wet tropics rainforest. An Australia Alumni network was launched during the visit.
The Parliamentary Delegation visiting the Seychelles Coastal Protection unit, seen here with seized Somali pirate boats.
Australia and Mauritius partner to address Gender Based Violence
The Australian High Commission and the Mauritian Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare partnered to support the visit of Senior Sergeant, Melinda Edwards, from Alice Springs Police Prosecutions Section of the Northern Territory Police earlier this month. The visit took place from 29 June to 5 July 2014.
During her visit, Senior Sergeant Edwards conducted a series of workshops and training sessions that were focussed on addressing issues of Gender Based Violence in Mauritius. Participants included local police officers, officers of the Ministries of Gender Equality and Health and representatives of the NGO sector. Edwards also had meetings with the Commissioner of Police, the Director of the Public Prosecutions Office, the State Law Office, the Law Reform Commission and members of the Women in Uniform network.
The High Commission also organised a panel discussion on Domestic Violence in collaboration with the Charles Telfair Institute. Panelists included Senior Sergeant Edwards, Ms Tina Westra, Australian Federal Agent Adviser for the UNODC’s Maritime Crime Programme - Indian Ocean Division, the US Ambassador to Mauritius – H.E. Ms Shari Villarosa, the Head of Family Welfare and Protection Unit of the Ministry of Gender Equality – Mrs J. Bhunjun, the former Francophone Director of Regional NGO, Gender Links – Mrs Loga Virahsawmy, Ms Annick Gebert of the Chrysalid Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence and Mr Adarsh Goburdhan from local NGO, Men Against Violence.
High Commissioner Coles with Senior Sergeant Edwards, First Secretary and Consul López de Herd and AFP Adviser Westra
Australia and the UNODC support regional training in Maritime Crime and Criminal Justice
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) delivered a specialised legal training course on Maritime Crime and Criminal Justice in Mauritius from 9 – 13 June which was funded by Australia. Participants included judges, prosecutors and legislative advisors from Mauritius, Seychelles, Kenya and Tanzania.
The five day training course brought together 23 participants from Kenya, Seychelles, Mauritius and Tanzania who work in the justice sector with responsibilities involving maritime crime and justice. The course covered a range of topics from the fundamentals of international law and the law of the sea through to specific maritime crime issues such as piracy, drug trafficking at sea and human trafficking. This was the second time in 2014 that this course was delivered in Mauritius by the UNODC and funded by Australia.
The course was delivered by two Australian academics with substantial expertise in maritime law and security issues: Professor Stuart Kaye, Director of the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security at the University of Wollongong and Associate Professor David Letts, Co-Director of the Centre for Military and Security Law at ANU College of Law, together with Australian and New Zealand legal advisors from UNODC.
High Commissioner Coles with course participants, Australian trainers and UNODC Programme Officer
Australia supports the establishment of a Women in Uniform network in Mauritius
The Australian High Commissioner, Ms Susan Coles, celebrated International Women's Day in Mauritius by hosting a lunch at her residence on 13 March 2014 where she launched a project for the establishment of a network of "Women in Uniform". During her introductory speech, Ms Coles highlighted Australia's engagement in promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region. A copy of a new publication by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs - "Improving Economic Outcomes for Women" was presented to the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, the Hon Mireille Martin, who was the High Commission's Guest of Honour for the event.
The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust
The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust was established at the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth, Australia to celebrate the Queen's 60 years of contribution to the Commonwealth. The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust will raise funds to eradicate avoidable blindness in commonwealth countries and assist the development of young leaders. Please click on the following link to read the message from the Chairman of the Diamond Jubilee Trust Australia - plut/Jubilee1.html
More information on the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is available on www.jubileetrust.org.au
Call for participation: African Women in Leadership Group Network
The African Women in Leadership Network is an exciting opportunity for you to join other Alumnae across Africa to increase opportunities and provide support for women Awardees from your country. This group will also offer a chance for successful women like you to engage in discussions on issues affecting women and to share your valuable insights for the advancement of African women.
Membership is open to all Australia Awards/Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) African Alumnae and registration is open all year round.
Further information on this new initiative is available on http://www.australiaawardsafrica.org/stay-connected/alumni/
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