Education is central to reducing poverty—it can drive economic growth, develop leaders, and link people and countries for peace and prosperity. The rapid development of Mongolia’s mining sector has placed significant demands on human resources and for skilled employees in the public and private sectors. The Australia Awards in Mongolia provides post-graduate scholarships to professionals from the public and private sectors to increase their capacity in areas including health, mining, education and natural resource management. The Australia Awards program is the longest-standing Australian aid program to Mongolia and is highly regarded—producing graduates with advanced capabilities and ongoing linkages with Australia. Alumni of the program, who are known as ‘Mozzies,’ have made important contributions to Mongolia’s development, including through holding senior positions in government.
Australia Awards in Mongolia
Ongoing. Current program approximately $30 million, 2013–2016
The Australia Awards in Mongolia provides post-graduate scholarships to Mongolian professionals from the public andprivate sectors to gain qualifications that contribute to the development of Mongolia. Graduates return with knowledge, skills and experience to help develop the economic sectors of priority to Mongolia, and to enhance the opportunities for knowledge-sharing and institutional linkages between Australia and Mongolia.
Masters-level scholarships are offered to Mongolians in areas including health, mining, education and natural resource management, in line with Mongolia’s National Development Strategy. Since 1993/94, Australia has provided over 530 scholarships to Mongolia.
The current phase of the program seeks to increase the number of applicants from provincial areas, and also works to ensure better gender equality outcomes during the selection process and for scholars on return to the workforce.