The results are in from the first year of research by the Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility, with findings showing that the vast majority of students who receive Australian Government scholarships to study at Australian institutions return to their home countries with ‘Australian-made skills’ that strengthen capacity and build expertise.
The Global Tracer Facility has been designed to monitor and evaluate the development and diplomacy outcomes of the Australian Government’s Australia Awards. In its first year, more than 1500 alumni from 27 countries, who studied in Australia from 2006 to 2010, were surveyed. The Facility also undertook in-depth interviews with a number of alumni from Fiji, Kenya, Nepal and Sri Lanka, who studied in Australia between 1952 and 1996. This qualitative opportunity to dig deeper into the results highlighted that many alumni saw their Australian study experience as transformational, allowing them to view the world differently and embrace new ways of thinking and new technology — which they shared with colleagues on their return.
The case studies offer rich examples of the myriad of ways Australian-educated alumni returned home with practical and transferrable skills and expertise, allowing them to make a difference in their chosen fields, often as high-level change-makers in academia or government.
In Fiji for example, alumni have made huge impacts on education through initiatives such as the National Early Childhood Curriculum and the first National Special Education Policy. In Sri Lanka, three out of seven alumni interviewed went on to set up postgraduate engineering programs. The Nepal case study reveals that alumni returned home to undertake projects and policy development in areas such as women’s health, water conservation and aviation regulation; while in Kenya, alumni went on to use their ‘Australian-made’ expertise to work on large international projects in areas such as food security and climate change.
Overall, the first year findings provide a valuable insight into alumni use of knowledge and skills, their development of networks, and their contribution to cooperation with Australia. The findings also underscore the significance of Australia’s growing global alumni, who are integral to continuing deep two-way connections across the world.
Read the full reports on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.
The Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility recently visited a wind farm in Mongolia as part of research being undertaken to trace the steps of alumni who have studied in Australia.
The Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has engaged the Australian Council for Educational Research to develop and run the Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility. As part of that work, Ms Rachel Parker and Ms Jennie Chainey accompanied members of the Mongolia Australia Society—also known as the ‘Mozzies’—on a visit to the Salkhit Wind Farm, the first wind farm in Mongolia, implemented by renewable energy company Clean Energy LLC.
The wind farm visit took place at the invitation of Mongolia’s Former Minister of Energy, Mr P. Gankhuu, and Ministry of Education Head, Mr M. Bayarmagnai, both of whom undertook tertiary study in Australia. Three ministers in the newly appointed Cabinet of the Government of Mongolia also studied in Australia, under the Australia Awards.
Some 80 000 Australia Awards Scholarships and Fellowships have been offered to high achievers from the Australasian region and beyond over the past 60 years. The Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility is tracing these alumni to identify the contributions recipients of the awards are making to their communities.
Read more on tracing the pathways of scholarship alumni: https://globalalumni.gov.au/News/Details?ArticleId=392
Did you study in Australia on an Australian development scholarship in the 1990s or 2000s? We want to hear from you!
The Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility is researching the long-term outcomes of the Australia Awards and predecessor scholarships programs. Between October and December 2017 we will be surveying and interviewing scholarship alumni who completed their award between 1996 and 2005.
The Global Tracer Facility researchers will be collecting information from alumni about the ways they have used their knowledge and skills gained while studying in Australia to contribute to development in their countries and strengthen networks with Australia.
If you are interested in sharing your story and helping to evaluate the long-term benefits of receiving an Australian Government scholarship please register your interest via http://bit.ly/2wJfzlv
You can keep in contact with other alumni and find more professional development opportunities by joining the Australia Global Alumni network at http://www.globalalumni.gov.au
The Facility has completed its first year of case study field research with a focus on alumni who completed their award between 1952 and 1996.
During the first year of the Facility, researchers conducted four case studies, covering Fiji, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Kenya, each targeted specific areas of study or a particular industry. A total of 32 alumni were the focus of the case studies and alumni generously gave their time to share their experiences and reflect on the impact their scholarship has had on their lives and those around them. A further 33 interviews were carried out with stakeholders and others connected to the alumni subjects of the research.
Thank you to all alumni who participated in the first annual Australia Awards Global Tracer survey. Responses were received from more than 1,500 alumni from 27 different countries, who completed their scholarship or fellowship in Australia between 2006 and 2010. Follow up telephone interviews were conducted with over 500 respondents.
The Global Tracer Facility researchers collected information from alumni about their use of knowledge and skills to contribute to the development of their region; their ongoing links and networks with Australians and Australian organisations; and their perceptions of Australia.
Another survey will be conducted later in 2017, with a focus on alumni who completed their scholarship or fellowship between 1996 and 2005.
In December 2016, Sri Lankan alumni met with researchers from Global Tracer Facility to discuss their careers and the impact of their scholarship. The focus of the visit was on alumni who had studied engineering in Australia more than 20 years ago. Facility researchers interviewed wonderful alumni and other stakeholders and thank all who participated for their time and generosity.
The Global Tracer Facility has completed fieldwork for its first case study. Thank you to the Fijian alumni and stakeholders involved in the interviews. Rich data was collected from alumni, with the focus of the case study on those who had studied in the field of education and had completed their scholarship at least 20 years ago.