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Prestigious Australian Scholarship for Women Awarded

by Ray Clancy on February 25, 2015

in Australia, Australia Immigration, Education in Australia, General Information

A prestigious scholarship for women enrolled full time in the final year of a master’s degree in international business at an Australian university has been won by a Chinese student whose parents arrived in the country in the 1990s.

Fee Li, 23, of Melbourne, has a double Bachelor degree in Commerce and Economics from Monash University and will now complete her Master of International Business degree at the University of Melbourne.

hShe is the second recipient of the $40,000 Beryl Wilson Austrade scholarship. Her parents moved to Australia for a quiet life but have always been ambitious for their children.

She hopes to work for a multinational company and is already fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin and aims to pick up some French during a year studying in Montreal.

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb said Li’s passion for different cultures, her academic achievement and desire to establish a successful international business career, made her a most fitting recipient of this year’s scholarship.

‘Beryl Wilson remains a strong role model, inspiring other Australian women to pursue careers in international business and trade. Ms Li has all the attributes to succeed in her chosen career and to also serve as a great role model for other women,’ he explained.

Robb said opening up opportunities to further the participation of women in business and trade was fundamental to the ongoing health of the Australian economy.

Austrade established the scholarship in 2013 in recognition of Beryl Wilson, the first woman to be appointed as a trade commissioner in 1963. She was appointed as Assistant Trade Commissioner in the Los Angeles office in 1963 and later appointed the deputy director of the Department of Trade and Industry, now the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage, support and advance the involvement of women in international business. The scholarship will also contribute towards building Asia capable staff and leaders.

Li will have the opportunity to contribute to and be supported by the Women in Global Business Programme, a joint federal, state and territory government initiative which aims to increase the number of women in international trade, and six weeks paid work experience with Austrade, either during or at the conclusion of her study.

In her spare time, Li helps an NGO market carpets made by women in Cambodia to retail markets in Australia. So far, she says her gender has not held her back.

Robb praised Austrade for ‘showing a great leadership role’ in improving gender equality, adding that women now head up trade posts with some of Australia’s most significant trading partners, including China, Japan, the United States, Russia, Italy and India.

‘It’s become the norm rather than the exception. The community loses out in the most significant way, badly if they’re denied the opportunity to be given full expression,’ he added.

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