Scope Global manages Australia Awards in Pakistan and six other countries in south and west Asia. In Pakistan, the 2018 priority areas of study are public health and nutrition, education, economic growth, good governance and stabilisation, and gender equality. A team of five Scope Global staff manages all components of the program in Pakistan as part of a wider team that operates across south and west Asia.
The DFAT-funded Skills for Inclusive Growth program team is rapidly expanding in four eastern and north central provinces – Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Ampara and Polonnarawa – since the program’s launch in early 2017. In June, the team held focus groups with visually impaired men to explore their views on tourism and training needs, and in July the Skills Development Fund was launched to finance innovative training packages for the tourism industry.
Scope Global is supporting the Government of the Philippines with the nation-wide rollout of the JobStart Philippines Program. Funded by the Government of Canada and the Asian Development Bank, JobStart Philippines helps unemployed and out-of-school youths to join the national workforce.
Australian volunteer and marine researcher Siobhan Heatwole is working with 10 colleagues at Mars Symbioscience in Makassar to help repair coral reefs in Indonesia while supporting local fishing communities to build a better future. Siobhan is living and working in Indonesia through the Australian Government’s Australian Volunteers for International Development program, which has been implemented by Scope Global since 2001.
In July, 45 international students representing 15 countries from the Defence Cooperation Scholarship Program attended an annual seminar in Canberra, organised by the Australian Department of Defence. The students heard from senior leaders from all Australian military services, including the Chief of Defence Force, participated in the Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial, and interacted with their country’s Defence Attaché or High Commissioner. Scope Global manages the program on behalf of the Department of Defence.
Seoul, Republic of Korea
New Colombo Plan (NCP) scholar Justin Stewart Freeman undertook a 13-month research internship at Yonsei International Summer School that focused on understanding nanomedicine for better imaging and therapeutics and 2-dimensional nano materials for next generation energy applications. Scope Global administers scholarship holders for the NCP Scholarship Program on behalf of the Australian Government.
At the Kiribati Institute of Technology, 19 young men are taking part in a skills development bridging course. The program seeks to help the men improve their literacy, numeracy, English language skills and knowledge of digital technology, and be a pathway to further learning or work opportunities.
Andrew Ford, Australia’s High Commissioner to Tonga, opened Tonga Skills’ brand new Vava’u office in July 2017. Vava’u is approximately 300 kilometres north of Tonga’s main island, Tongatapu. The new office will support enhanced skills and training in Tonga’s outer islands, a key objective of the program.
Kate Morioka, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Adviser, is supporting the Prime Minister of Tuvalu to build a resilient country in the face of the realities of a changing climate for the small atoll nation. Through building networks between civil society and working across ministries, she is helping to ensure the country is well prepared for disaster. Kate is engaged through the Pacific Technical Assistance Mechanism Phase 2, an Australian Government initiative managed by Scope Global.
New Hampshire, USA
Rebecca Dew, Australia Awards-Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships recipient, is researching the microbiomes of bees and how this is critical to the understanding of bee health and disease resistance. The 2017 Endeavour Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship recipient is based at the University of New Hampshire. Scope Global manages the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships on behalf of the Australian Department of Education and Training.