The Australian government has offered fully funded scholarships to Pakistan under Australia Awards Scholarships Programme in different fields for Year 2018.
The Australian High Commissioner Margaret Adamson in an exclusive interview with News and Current Affairs Channel of Radio Pakistan said that we are hoping and trying to increase the number of scholarships for the year 2018 and will keep on enhancing the figures. Scholarships offered to students for the year 2017 were around forty to fifty.
The Australian High Commissioner said "Australia is ranked at number three in offering education to international students". Australia attracts a lot of international students due to which over 2.5 million students have studied in Australia over a period of time.
She said "strong focus has been shifted towards the gender of applicants in which 50% is focused for female applicants".
The High Commissioner said talked about the priority study areas that include a broad category of Economic Growth studies which has fields like Agriculture business, Business Management (including MBA), Development Studies, Economics, Water Resources Management (including Engineering).
Health and education based studies giving focus to Nutrition studies which is very important for Pakistan, public health; Good Governance, Stabilization and Gender Equality are also part of the Master courses.
Other than Master Programs, short course fellowship and short course informal learning opportunities are two other focus fields that are being offered under Australia Awards Program.