University in South Cotabato reaps benefits of Australia Awards Scholarships

December 19, 2012 – The Notre Dame of Marbel University (NDMU) in South Cotabato, Mindanao is now enjoying the benefits of having faculty members who completed their postgraduate studies in Australia’s top universities. From 2010 to 2012, NDMU’s College of Education, one of the leading teacher education institutions in Mindanao, has produced topnotchers in the Philippine Licensure Examination for Teachers.

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In the recent 2012 Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEED) licensure exam, two NDMU education graduates garnered the highest rank (1st place), and another two successfully placed in the top 10 (6th and 9th place).

Dr. Noemi Silva, academic vice-president of NDMU’s College of Education, attributes these milestones to the Australian education received by its faculty members. Since 2005, 13 faculty members from NDMU have received scholarship grants from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australia Awards.

“Our professors and instructors who were trained and educated in Australia have been instrumental in facilitating the professional development of the NDMU faculty and in achieving NDMU’s goal of producing globally competent teachers,” said Dr. Silva.

Australia Awards in the Philippines, the Australian Government’s scholarship program delivered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, offers at least 120 scholarships slots each year to eligible Filipino professionals to pursue postgraduate studies in Australia’s premiere universities. Application for the next batch of Australia Awards for 2014 will be open from 01 February 2013 to 30 April 2013. Interested parties may contact the Philippine Australia Awards Scholarships Secretariat at . Visit for further information on the scholarship program.

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