A Farewell ceremony in conjunction with Welcome back and introduction to local alumni was held on22 November 2013 for Australia Award recipients and recent returnees. All 46 awardees of Intake 2014 and 19 alumni attended the event.
The Australian Ambassador to Bhutan (also the Australian High Commissioner, New Delhi), Mr. Patrick Suckling, Second Secretary, Ms. Kate Sullivan, Chairman of the RCSC, Lynpo Thinley Jamtsho, Secretary of MOLHR, Dasho Pema Wangda, Secretary of Ministry of Education (MOE) and Commissioner of the RCSC, Dasho Sangay Dorji, and other senior government and NGO officials attended the event.
The event was well received by both the awardees and the alumni. The engagement of very high profile delegates and government officials in this maiden event was well noted and appreciated. The awardees were happy with the opportunity to meet the alumni and to learn from their experiences. For the alumni, it was an opportunity to catch up with fellow alumni and to learn about the progress of establishing the Bhutan Australia Alumni Association (through an address made by a represenative of the Coordination Group of the alumni body).