Aminath Shiyama was awarded an Australia Awards scholarship in 2000/2001 after receiving the Dux award from the National Diploma of Secondary Teaching program at the Institute of Teacher Education (currently Faculty of Education of Maldives College of Higher Education). She enrolled in a four-year combined degree at the University of Western Australia, from where she graduated with a double degree in 2004.
On returning to Maldives, Aminath Shiyama joined an all boys’ public secondary school teaching GCE O Level Chemistry, using the knowledge and the teaching from her degree. It provided her with enthusiasm, courage and self-confidence to manage her students. The educational structure and the curriculum framework in Australia had opened her eyes to many options to motivate her students, cater for their specific needs and help them strive for academic excellence.
Aminath Shiyama wanted to share creative and innovative teaching methodologies with other teachers and to train teachers in teaching and learning methodology. She transferred to her current position at the Faculty of Education in Maldives College of Higher Education, where she is a lecturer. She teaches student teachers at Diploma and Undergraduate levels and designs units and courses in science education for primary school science teachers.
From the foundation built through her Australia Awards scholarship, Aminath Shiyama was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to obtain a Master’s in Science in USA, majoring in Curriculum and Instruction. She feels these opportunities helped her gain a sound understanding of widely different education systems, which are valuable when developing units of study for her students.
Aminath Shiyama highly recommends Australia Awards scholarships for anyone who is highly motivated and interested in broadening their academic knowledge.
Rajendra Adhikari was a Planning Officer at the Agriculture Development Office before successfully applying for an ADS scholarship in 2005. On his return to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives as a senior Agricultural Economist, he successfully applied again for an ALA scholarship in 2009.
Kajal Shrestha is a Master’s graduate in Clinical Pharmacy from Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia and an awardee of Australia Awards Scholarship program. Before study in Australia, she worked in the industrial pharmacy sector. Now, she is only the second person in Nepal to hold a degree in Clinical Pharmacy.
On her return from Australia, she found a position at Central Institute of Science and Technology (CIST) College in Kathmandu as a Lecturer and Coordinator of its Bachelor of Pharmacy Program. According to Kajal, the teaching and learning methods in Australia are very different from those in Nepal. Approaches are more professional and technical knowledge and skills more advanced. She has adopted similar teaching styles and methods, an approach which has made her immensely popular with her students. She is now involved in designing a Master’s course in clinical pharmacy.
Lily Wangchhuk was a writer, travel operator and consultant working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when she applied for an Australia Awards scholarship in 1999. As a Protocol Officer, she planned, coordinated, organized and maintained public relations. She was also attached to the Bilateral and Multilateral Affairs for South Asia and SAARC Division, where she successfully pursued implementation of many SAARC events.
In 1997, Tashi Wangmo graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Wollongong (UoW) in New South Wales. She was one of the first awardees of Australia Awards from Bhutan.
Before studying at UoW, Tashi studied at Sherubste College in Eastern Bhutan, at that time the only college in the country. While there, she was awarded the General Proficiency Medal (silver) in both 1991 and 1992.
Tashi returned to the Civil Service in Bhutan in 1999, after completing her studies at UoW. She started as an Assistant Engineer with the Civil Aviation Division but transferred quickly to the newly-established National Technical Training Authority (NTTA). She began formulating plans and programs in technical and vocational education and training to be implemented locally.