The Australian Government has announced new scholarships to encourage young Australians to study the Australian past.
The scholarships, announced by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Wednesday, will be offered through the Government’s Australia Day celebration next year.
The purpose of the scholarships is to encourage students to learn more about Australian history and history of science.
The aim of the scholarship is to promote Australian culture in the UK and abroad.
“There is no doubt that the United Kingdom is the most culturally rich country in the world and Australians are the most globally diverse,” Prime Minister Tony Abbott said in a statement.
“The UK is a very strong global hub and it is important that our students are encouraged to engage in a range of international activities, both in and outside Australia.”
“In light of the diversity of our people, the Australian people and our world, we have a duty to promote the Australian way of life and the way of thinking,” Mr Abbott said.
“We recognise that it is a rich and diverse continent, which offers a wide variety of opportunities for learning and development.”
The Australian government will offer the scholarships through the Department’s Australia day celebrations in 2021 and 2022.
“This is the biggest opportunity of the year to introduce students from around the world to the world of Australian history, and the Australian Australian way,” the Department said in the announcement.
The Australian prime minister has previously said that Australia should “take the lead” on Australian history.
The Government has previously offered grants to encourage Australians to “make their mark on the world” in Australia.
In May, Mr Abbott launched the Australia Day Honours list, which was to be given to Australians who had “led the way” in Australian history by leading an active part in Australian society.
The list, released at the time, included more than 3,000 Australians.
“In recognition of your achievements in Australian History, we are launching the Australia-wide Honours List,” Mr Morrison said in an announcement.
“Congratulations to all the recipients, their families and colleagues, and their friends.”