An Ambassadors scholarship programme for students in Sri Lanka has been launched in Adelaide by Government of South Australia’s education promotion agency StudyAdelaide.
The competition offers an opportunity for students to become ambassadors of Adelaide, as well as an education and lifestyle experiential tour of Adelaide.
The winning Sri Lanka students candidates will receive a scholarship support package for Adelaide valued at A$5,000 per student, including airfares, living allowance and free access to key festivals and events, allowing students to fully soak up the educational and lifestyle experience of the city.
Ambassadors will be encouraged to engage with friends, family and the community to experience the advantage of Adelaide and see what makes it one of Australia’s best cities for international students.
They will also be encouraged to share their story through various posts, videos and blogs.
The 15 winners are to be chosen across four South Asian countries: India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Karyn Kent, CEO of StudyAdelaide, said: “Our Brand Ambassador program seeks to recognise the high quality of students in Sri Lanka who choose to come to Adelaide for their education, and to increase awareness in Sri Lanka of the benefits of studying in Adelaide.
“We are excited to launch our program for the first time in Sri Lanka and look forward to welcoming the 2020 brand ambassadors. It will be a pleasure to introduce them to our vibrant city life, safe and supportive community, and world-class educational institutions.”
Sri Lankan students favour Adelaide as a study abroad destination
Current data indicates that Adelaide is high on the priority list of Lankan students as there has been a 42% increase of Lankan students studying in Adelaide between July 2018 and July 2019.
The research, conducted by the International Alumni Job Network in 2018 showed that 80 per cent of international students who completed their studies in Adelaide were satisfied with the return on their investment and that they had a positive international experience.
The study also showed that 35% of international students studying in Adelaide began their career before completing the studies with a further 40% starting work within three months of graduation.
The study further revealed that international graduates who studied in Adelaide earnt more money in their first job when compared to graduates in most other Australian states.
Earlier this year, 10 Indian students were appointed as student ambassadors by StudyAdelaide to promote the state as a destination for Indian students.
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