Clare Livingstone Brown is an Australia Awards scholar about to complete a Master of Leadership and Management in Education at the University of Newcastle (UON).
This year marks the 21st anniversary of UON’s intake of Australia Awards Scholarships recipients. Administered by AusAID, the Awards aim to contribute to the long term development needs of Australia’s partner countries in line with bilateral and regional agreements.
Beginning in 1993 with just one scholar, in 2013 UON hosted a record 75 recipients from developing nations.
An education leader in his country and currently the Supervisor for Secondary Schools, Clare will return as the Deputy Director of Education for Antigua and Barbuda after the completion of his Master.
Clare’s significant contribution to education has already seen him receive many honours and leadership awards.
Arriving in Newcastle after a long two days of travel and five plane trips from the twin-island nation in the Caribbean, Clare began his time at the University by completing the Introductory Academic Program (IAP) which he found crucial in helping him to navigate the academic world.
Throughout his time at UON, Clare has had great experiences with tutors and the staff.
“The people I have encountered in the classrooms as teachers and tutors have all been very kind, very knowledgeable and willing to share.
“You don’t feel like a number, they know you by name and you feel like family. I am always met by bubbly warm people who are ready to help.”
Clare found it easy to adapt to Australia and the people welcoming.
“People are very warm, they go out of their way to assist you and engage with you at the bus stops and shops,” Clare said.
Clare believes Newcastle is an excellent place to come and study.
“The quality of education that you receive is first class. It forces you to think and prepares you for whatever you want to go back and do.”
Clare Livingstone Browne will be one of more than 250 students from almost 30 countries finishing their time at the University of Newcastle next month. He will attend the bi-annual International Student Farewell Ceremony on 1 November and will also be a guest speaker.
The event gives students, unable to attend graduation, a chance to be recognised for their achievements before heading home. It is UON’s way of saying thank you for the important contribution international students make to our University and our community.