Australian Embassy
The Philippines

Thirty Filipinos Graduate from Joint Australia-Philippine University Program


Thirty high-achieving Filipinos are the first graduates of a joint industrial relations and human resource management course offered by De La Salle University (DLSU) and Australia’s University of Newcastle (UoN).

The graduates were also recipients of prestigious Australia Awards, which provide opportunities for the best and brightest Filipinos to pursue a world class education in Australia.

Australia’s Ambassador to the Philippines, Amanda Gorely congratulated the graduates at a recognition ceremony on 24 October.

“Today we honour your academic achievement. But, I believe your achievements are even broader than that” said Ambassador Gorely. “You have not only contributed to the human resource development of the Philippines but also directly fostered cooperation and friendship between the Australian and Filipino peoples,” she said.  

The collaboration between the two universities was made possible through the Australian Embassy’s Institutional Partnership Program. Australia’s support to the program is part of a larger aid investment to develop human capital resource in the Philippines as a pathway to development. The Institutional Partnership Program brokers collaborations between Australian and Philippine universities to design contextually-relevant educational experiences for Filipino professionals. These partnerships enhance the links between the two countries, promote knowledge and technology transfer among universities, and find new ways to respond to learning needs of Filipinos. The graduates undertook a Diploma component at DLSU, followed by a Masters component in Australia, and are now equipped with world-class knowledge and skills to advance human resource management and development in the Philippines.  

The Australian Embassy, DLSU and UoN honoured the graduates in a recognition ceremony on 24 October 2016 at DLSU Main Campus. The ceremony coincides with the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Philippines-Australia diplomatic relations.

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