Scholarship pays tribute to Trade Commissioner


Tim Wallis of the Australian Trade Commission with scholarship winner Dilshan De Silva

A Monash University scholarship, to honour Jakarta bombing victim Trade Commissioner Craig Senger was announced this week, on the third anniversary of the attack.

Craig was one of three Australians who lost their lives. 

Chief Executive of Austrade Peter Grey said one of the ways in which Craig’s legacy continues is through the Austrade Craig Senger Memorial Scholarship.

“The scholarship is offered to students who have completed the first year of a double degree in Commerce/Engineering through the Monash University Engineering Leadership Program,” Mr Grey said.

“Recipients are invited to complete an internship in Austrade’s Melbourne office.”

A wreath laying ceremony was held at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta on 17 July in commemoration of Mr Senger and the Australians who lost their lives in the bombing. 

“We pay tribute to Craig and remember his work in the service of Australia,” said Mr Grey.

The recipient of the 2012 scholarship, Dilshan De Silva, is scheduled to undertake an internship with Austrade from July to October this year.  The scholarship will continue to be offered over the next three years.

Chair of the Monash University Engineering Foundation Dr Peter Rogers thanked Austrade for their commitment and commented on the importance of scholarships.

“These scholarships have enabled gifted undergraduate students from the Faculty of Engineering to engage in the Engineering Leadership Program at Monash – which they do in addition to the normal course curriculum,” Dr Rogers said.

“The scholarships program is seen as an attraction to study at Monash and has helped attract more talented students to Monash. It has also attracted more women into engineering. The leadership program has been assessed as among the top four such programs globally – and the only recommended program outside the USA.”

Austrade selected Monash for the scholarship because of the University’s internationalisation and campuses in Asia.

The Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) is the Australian Government's trade and investment development agency. Austrade assists Australian businesses contribute to national prosperity by succeeding in trade and investment internationally, and promoting and supporting productive foreign investment into Australia.

As a Trade Commissioner in Jakarta, Craig Senger worked as the head of Austrade’s mining and energy team for ASEAN.  He was helping Australian companies export and invest into South East Asia.  His passion for assisting businesses in the mining sector is exemplified by the key role he played in the success of the 2009 OZMINE trade show. The event drew over 80 Australian businesses to exhibit, making it the largest Austrade organised mining event in 10 years.