The scholarships were announced this summer, as a continuation of a successful GWP-IWC collaboration. The scholarships are aimed primarily at women already working in the water sector who need to acquire specialist knowledge of integrated approaches to managing water resources. The selection has now been made.
Elisabeth Tarigan from Indonesia has a background in Environmental Engineering and has worked in wastewater, solid wastes and water resources management fields, with experience in strategic planning and policy-making. She currently works for Jakarta Capital City Government in the Water Resources Management Division at the Department of Public Works.
“The scholarship means a lot to me. It will enable me to fulfill my goal in furthering my knowledge in the water management field, and since Australia has a very high level of living cost, this scholarship can really support me during my studies in Brisbane. With the knowledge I will gain, I hope to be able to apply it back home in Indonesia and also on a global scale,” says Elisabeth.
Vanh Mixap from Laos has a diverse professional background in international development, including work as an AusAID Water Resources Management Officer and Gender Focal Point, as well as working as a National Project Coordinator for the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
“2013 has been a transitional year for me and while searching for new challenges the scholarship came as a great opportunity to challenge myself, both academically and professionally. I have the passion, I have the energy, and I have the leader nature in me, but what I lack is sufficient skill, knowledge and experience, in particular in water management. Based on my experiences as a female working in the water resources sector in Mekong region, I strongly believe that more education will better prepare myself as a stronger informed citizen who can lead Laos in international discussion and negotiation table in order to achieve a better and more sustainable water management”, says Vanh.
Elisabeth and Vanh will commence their studies in Australia in February 2014.
Top photo: Briefing on Thermal Hydrolysis in Oxley Creek, this year's students, photo by Reba Paul.