I congratulate the 16 recipients of Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) grants for 2017-18.  

The AAC, launched in 2015, aims to increase knowledge sharing and promote Australia’s interest in South-East Asia. The Council works to initiate and support activities designed to enhance awareness, understanding and links between people and institutions in Australia and the ten South-East Asian counties.

To this end, the AAC grants program enhances collaboration between Australian organisations and partners in South-East Asia by supporting engagement across economic diplomacy, education, women in leadership, science and technology, and the arts.

Successful 2017-18 projects include:

  • A Swinburne University of Technology facilitated knowledge sharing project in rainwater tank development for households and schools in the Philippines;
  • A Western Sydney University project which connects Vietnamese and Australian female entrepreneurs in agri-food business; and
  • A joint university competition in developing a virtual business plan and trade information website, connecting top students between the University of New England, the University of Rangsit in Thailand and the University Teknologi MARA Malaysia.

For further information on the AAC, the grants program and the full list of grant awardees, see the Australia-ASEAN Council website.

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