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Title: Australian higher education scholarships as tools for international development and diplomacy in Africa
Contributor(s): Abimbola, Seye (author); Amazan, Rose  (author); Vizintin, Pavle (author); Howie, Leanne (author); Cumming, Robert (author); Negin, Joel (author)
Publication Date: 2016
DOI: 10.1080/10357718.2015.1119230
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Abstract: International scholarships for higher education are a large component of foreign aid in many high-income countries, including Australia. The aims for Australian scholarships awarded to African students are to achieve development in Africa and advance the influence of Australia. However, well-articulated theories of change that define how scholarships are linked to these and other outcomes are not available in the literature. In order to address this gap, the authors explore the perspectives of Australian-funded Master's-level alumni from Kenya, Uganda and Mozambique on the implementation process before, during and after their scholarship award, and the outcomes of the scholarships. The authors found that Australian scholarships to Africans have the potential to spread Australian influence, and that returnee scholars, by virtue of their study in Australia, gain the capacity to become agents for development in their country. The process of choosing scholarship awardees, the local circumstances in each country on return, and support and mentoring networks after return can influence the achievement of these outcomes. Investments in international scholarships should be directed to develop additional skills and facilitate networks in order to further prepare the returnee scholars to influence development in their country and perpetuate Australian influence.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Journal of International Affairs, 70(2), p. 105-120
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1035-7718
Field of Research (FOR): 130103 Higher Education
139999 Education not elsewhere classified
130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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