Client name: Australian Government – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Duration: July 2013 – ongoing  

Location: Mongolia

Australia Awards Mongolia provides education opportunities that equip Mongolian post-graduate scholars to lead their country’s future development.

Situation

Australia and Mongolia have maintained a close diplomatic relationship since 1972. This relationship has a strong focus on development assistance in Mongolia’s resources sector and on deepening political engagement. While Mongolia’s economy is small, it is growing rapidly and the Australian Government is helping this growth continue.

Coffey manages the Australia Awards Mongolia program – offering masters-level scholarships at Australian universities to post-graduate Mongolians who are passionate about the development of their country, and also provides training and professional development support for alumni.

The Australia Awards is the longest standing Australian aid program in Mongolia and is well regarded for producing highly capable, successful graduates.

Solution

Through the program, Coffey aims to empower recipients with the knowledge and skills to become global leaders.

We work closely with the Government of Mongolia to ensure that we offer opportunities in areas of study that directly relate to the economic and social needs of the country as outlined in Mongolia’s National Development Strategy. Current focus areas include human resource development, mining for development and support for vulnerable communities.

The application process is transparent with applicants assessed on academic ability, and their professional and personal leadership qualities. Importantly, they are also selected on their potential to positively contribute to Mongolia’s development on their return.

A Women’s Leadership Program pilot was established in 2014, as part of the Awards’ alumni strategy, to address the challenges of women in accessing senior positions after acquiring their new skills as part of their study. It provides leadership training and development opportunities for female alumni.

Result

Since 2003, 183 Mongolian students have graduated from the Australia Awards Mongolia program and every graduate has a story.

Returning alumni, or ‘Mozzies’, have been involved in development improvements in UNICEF social policy, infrastructure, architecture and the renewable energy sector.