A group of Liberians who benefitted from bilateral scholarship between the Liberian and Australian Governments have organized and launched an alumni association.
This they said is to extend gratitude and appreciation for affording them the opportunity to pursue studies in Australia.
The scholarships were awarded as a part of the Liberia and Australia bilateral agreements.
The launch ceremony at the Mamba Point Hotel was held on Friday, May 16, and brought together students, who benefited from the scholarship scheme between both nations.
Ms. Teta Lincoln, Australian Alumni Ambassador for Liberia, said the Association was organized to bring together all beneficiaries to help other young people.
Ms. Lincoln said the beneficiaries were students of different universities.
She further said since the establishment of the organization on April 2013, the organization has remained committed to supporting higher education.
“Since our establishment, there have been challenges. But with all of that, we have remained true to ourselves by contributing to society.”
This organization is a conglomeration of young professionals who benefited from the Australian Awards several years ago”
“Shortly after we returned home, the Australian Government suggested that we bring everybody together so that we can work together. We are also expecting another set of graduates in June.”
“All I want is that we members be a help and a stepping stone to others who have the dream and passion of seeking higher education, the best possible way we can,” she said.
With a total of 100 memberships, Ms. Lincoln said the organization has been able to hold at least seven successful meetings that created the constitution and an interim body.
She clarified that the scholarships were divided into two groups, where some students stayed in Australia for 6 weeks while others stayed about 3-4 years.
Also speaking at the launch ceremony, Asst. Minister for Preventive Health Services, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Min. Tolbert Nyenswah urged all members of the association to be ready and face the society.
He also called on the members to create an enabling circumstance to help other Liberian students, who have not had such opportunities.
“Even though it is true that education institutions need capacity building, I must say to you all that your contribution is cardinal to economic growth because you will work in different areas and sectors.”