Our Impact

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Our Impact

Australia Awards Scholarship recipients from South and West Asia are now achieving great things for social and economic development in their home countries.

The Australian Government has supported thousands of emerging leaders from South and West Asia and across the globe to study in Australia on Australia Awards Scholarships which provide skills, knowledge and networks to drive positive change in their own countries.


ImagePhuntso Norbu – formalise the dairy sector in Bhutan

Australia Awards alumnus Phuntso Norbu is the Senior Livestock Officer at the Ministry of Agriculture.  



ImageMajor Lobzang Phuntsho – bringing forensics to the criminal justice system in Bhutan

Australia Awards alumnus Major Lobzang Phuntsho is the Head of Forensics for the Royal Bhutan Police.

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ImageIbrahim Naeem – managing environmental resources for the good of the Maldives

Australia Awards alumnus Ibrahim Naeem is the Head of the Environmental Protection Agency in the Maldives. 



ImageFathimath Muna Hussain – establishing the first Bachelor of nursing in the Maldives

Australia Awards alumnus Fathimath Muna Hussain is a lecturer at the Maldives National University. 



ImageWasantha Paluguswewa – using water management to build Sri Lanka’s food basket

Australia Awards alumnus Wasantha Paluguswewa is a senior engineer at the Sri Lanka’s Department of Irrigation. 



ImageMadhu Marasini - senior Nepalese government official and Australia Awards alumnus

In 2004, Nepali citizen and Australia Awards scholar Madhu Marasini, graduated from the Australian National University (ANU) with a Masters of International and Development Economics.



Alumni Impact Stories - Videos

Maldives Nursing

Maldives Biosphere

Bhutan Forensics

Bhutan Dairy

Sri Lanka Water