Supriya Tripura considers his Australian Development Scholarship (ADS) award as a milestone in his life and a turning point in his career. Most of the knowledge and skills that he brought back are extremely useful in the context of community development, his chosen field. He is proud to be involved in a project dedicated to uplifting the socio-economic conditions of marginalized communities of a poverty-stricken region in Bangladesh.
Prior to receiving his award, Supriya worked at the Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Board (CHTDB), a semi-government institution in CHT. He was managed horticulture projects in Bandarban district. He saw agriculture and environment as interlinked; to work with one, he needed to understand the other. From his curiosity and self-inspiration, he was driven to search for opportunities to improve his understanding of environmental issues. Eventually, he was selected for an ADS-CHT scholarship, a reflection of his academic capacity, work experience and personal qualities.
He graduated as a Master of Environmental Management from Macquarie University, New South Wales.
Ms Nazneen Kawshar Chowdhury is an ALA awardee from the 2007 intake, studying for a PhD in Economics at the Australian National University (ANU).
After completing an Master of Social Science in Economics at Chittagong University, Bangladesh, Nazneen went to Australia in 2001 as an Australian Development Scholar (ADS) to obtain her Master of Science in Economics of Development at the Australian National University.
In 2009, Nazneen was elected Vice President of the ANU Postgraduate and Research Student Association and then, in 2010, became its President and was elected to the national Council of the Australian Post Graduate Association. She was the first Bangladeshi student take up each of these positions and the first to Chair the ANU Postgraduate Research Council.
In February 2010, Nazneen was invited to the ANU Chancellor’s Installation Ceremony where she met and spoke with the Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, the new Chancellor and many other Australian dignitaries, including academics, media personalities and Federal Senators and MHRs. Nazneen was the only Bangladeshi postgraduate student invited to attend this prestigious ceremony.
“I am really thankful to the Australian Government for offering me the opportunity to study in Australia under the Australian Scholarships Program,” said Enamul Hoque. He was the recipient of an Australian Development Scholarship (2004 Intake) and studied his Master’s in Public Health at the Queensland University in Brisbane.
Enamul was a Research Officer at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) when he received the scholarship. After completing his Masters in Australia, he returned to Bangladesh to rejoin the same organisation, taking up a senior position with wider responsibilities.
Al Mamoon was the Bangladesh Deputy Commissioner of Taxes when he applied successfully for an AusAID scholarship. He was accepted into the Carnegie Mellon University in Adelaide, South Australia to study Master of Science, Public Policy and Management (MSPPM).
‘My time in Adelaide and Australia was fantastic,’ said Mamoon. ‘The amount of work I produced in terms of assignments, projects and exams was astounding. It was the most prolific year of my life. It was not so much by choice as by necessity.’