Why is Australia giving away many scholarships?

Australia is one of the countries that enchant international students from around the globe through its impressive natural beauty, the high caliber of life, and efficient as well as the productive educational system. Australia is home to various high-ranked universities, offering a welcoming and supportive environment and education and living conditions that students love and highly praise.

For many decades, the Australian Government has fully supported education and produced various emerging leaders from various developed and developing countries. Australian scholarships are very prestigious and offer valuable education to the next generation of global leaders, researchers, and professionals. There are currently about 3000 Australian scholarships offered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to international students both at educational level and vocational sectors. This decision of increasing scholarships was taken by the government in response to the Government’s policy of Australian aid: promoting prosperity, reducing poverty and enhancing stability. The government has recognized that education is a very important component of any investment for the development of the country. The Australia Awards Global Strategy outlines DFAT’s investment in Australia Awards and why the government is giving away increased scholarships. Some of the possible reasons behind the increase are listed below.

Cross-Cultural Ties

By giving scholarships and housing international students, Australia is able to share its culture and language with other parts of the world and introduce them there. Students who come to Australia make life-long relational ties and brings various benefits to the host country.

Beneficial Economic Impact

Offering scholarships brings a large number of international students to Australia. This benefits Australia by enhancing economic as well as institutional welfare. International students have been a vital source of economic stability and growth. As much as $245 million are added to the state revenue each year.

Globalization

Scholarship programs are a very necessary tool which brings students from abroad to Australia. This is a very important step towards globalization that will help Australia become a prosperous state with national as well as international exposure.

A pool of opportunities

Competition for talent is fierce and takes place at an international level. By offering a wide range of scholarships, Australia is opening doors for knowledgeable and skilled students as well as researchers from around the globe. By teaching talented international students, Australia is also contributing to intellectual and academic capacity. Most of the students who graduate stay in Australia to pursue their career and hence opens a pool of opportunities. Even if they plan to go back they take with them strong Australian ties that will benefit the country in the long run.

 

 

Sum Up

To achieve all the possible benefits, Australia has set up Australian Awards that contribute to long-term growth and stability of the country. It not just brings economic and social prosperity but also helps Australia in building and strengthening its ties with the world. The end result is that an influential global network of leaders and advocates is build up and this ultimately establishes a network of ambassadors for Australia worldwide.

 

 

 

 

Uncharted 5 Game: Everything That We Know So Far

Uncharted 5: Naughty Dog, the California-based developers, are famed for the stories they tell and the characters they develop. 2016 was a good year for Naughty Dog, as they launched the fourth instalment in the Uncharted series and announced a new title that fans had been speculating over for a long, long time- The Last of Us 2. Particularly, however, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was a huge success and that was reflected in the game’s massive sales numbers. It also proved so many of us wrong about the future of the franchise, and that’s why we can actually think about getting an Uncharted 5 sometime in the near future.

The three previous games in the Uncharted series were thought to have made up a substantial trilogy, and as we all know, trilogies are thought to be a self-sufficient unit with little room for further expansion. But that is exactly where Naughty Dog proved us wrong. Not only did Uncharted 4 shake us out of our preconceived notions about the series pattern, but it actually developed the story and its characters further, creating full-fledged people out of them, and then drawing a satisfactory curtain over their life as we have known it. In many ways, Uncharted 4 was a well thought out conclusion to the Uncharted series, and for a while it looked as if that would be the end for Nathan Drake’s adventures. But not too long after, questions about a possible new addition to the series, Uncharted 5, started doing the rounds.

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It is understandable for a really great money-spinner to be in continuation for years to come, especially if we consider that the Uncharted games have only gotten better with time. The 2016 entry was a clear pointer as well as a culmination of all that. But fans started asking Neil Druckmann and Nolan North about if we were to expect a future for the series. North stated that if it were to happen, he would be interested, But Druckmann’s answer was clear- it was very much possible for the story to be explored further with Uncharted 5, but it wouldn’t be with Nathan Drake at its centre.

That’s comforting to hear, as it does not immediately shine a red light on the future of the Uncharted franchise. But it also gives rise to a whole lot of questions about the new game: what would the story be like? or who will we control this time around? Considering that all that we know about the upcoming game is basically naught, all we can do is speculate, but there are some substantial hints to go by. Let’s take a look at the prospects of Uncharted 5.

​Uncharted 5: What Are The Odds?

Even though there are a lot of rumours about Uncharted 5 already being in production, their veracity is dubious. More recently, the developers have reiterated the impossibility of getting a brand new game in the series, especially now that they have their hands full with a couple of solid upcoming releases. Not only is the Santa Monica-based studio busy with Uncharted: The Lost Legacy at the moment, but their commitment is also tied towards the sequel in the works for the celebrated 2013 horror survival game, The Last of Us. In fact, the upcoming game was only announced by Druckmann via a blog post late last year. Development was still in the early stages, and the studio head clarified his decision about revealing the game so early by saying that he wanted to keep fans involved along the way. The point is, the developers have a lot to focus on at the moment, and they have said once again that Uncharted 5 does not look like a possibility at all at the moment- something that they currently owe to relatively low resources. However, Druckmann did say that they still have a lot of love for the franchise, so perhaps if the game had to surface, it might do so at a much later time in a fresh new avatar.

The creators of the Uncharted series have finally released The Lost Legacy, and if its release and reception is anything to go by, then we already know that Naughty Dog’s formula for success is simple, yet very effective. The fact that the new game has already landed at the top of people’s list of favorite games this year means that the developers have certainly not lost their touch, and even more importantly, fans have not lost interest in the Uncharted universe, regardless of Nathan Drake’s involvement. Moreover, the newly released game has been appreciated for Ross and Frazer’s amusing camaraderie, as well as the attention to detail.

What we are trying to say here is that it is very clear that Naughty Dog has no real reasons to give up on the Uncharted series. In fact, Lost Legacy director Shaun Escayg has told Eurogamer that there are a lot of characters that can be used to build interesting storylines around them. Chloe and Nadine’s paring was the first pick, but Sully, Cutter, and others are also worthy of the same treatment. So it might just be possible that we will see Uncharted 5 being created with one of them at its center.

Earlier too, Naughty Dog had made it clear that they would not be in direct involvement if there ever was to be an Uncharted 5, but Druckmann did not quite rule out the possibility of any sort of involvement, and that is understandable. Uncharted is a series that the developers created from the ground up and took to heights unimaginable with each new title. And even if Uncharted 5 falls on some other developer, Naughty Dog will remain involved loosely as advisors- after all, they wouldn’t want the core flavours of the celebrated game to be destroyed.

Now coming to why we think Uncharted 5 may take a while to go into development is that its original developers are actually quite busy at the moment. In December 2016, the devs officially announced The Last of Us 2, the sequel to the post-apocalyptic shooter game that took the world by storm. For months before the announcement, Druckmann used to say that the pressure to deliver a sequel was huge, as they did not in any way want to launch a game that would fall flat or feel repetitive in terms of the story. Now that the title is expected to be the next major addition to the roster of Naughty Dog games, we don’t expect them to branch off to work on a new Uncharted game, as forming a new story around new characters would require a substantial amount of attention, uninterrupted by the pressure of a big new game.

That is not to say that we will not see Uncharted 5 happening. One thing we love about Naughty Dog is that they never deny the possibility of a new game, and that is what they have done with Uncharted too. Stories are created to be delved deeper into with each new attempt, and the original developers have left a scope for that with the ending of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, even though it seemingly pulled the curtains on some major aspects. So without wasting more time, let’s get into what direction Uncharted 5 could take us in.

Uncharted 5: Features and Wishlist

There is little doubt that the next game in the Uncharted series will differ greatly from the previous games. But we don’t expect there to be a vast deviation from the core elements that went into making the game an experience. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was a near perfect game that let us dig out treasures that pirates died to secure while beating enemies at it, all the while exploring our favourite in-game treasure hunter’s emotional past. But as we all know, it brought an end to Nathan’s story as a fortune seeker, justifying the title in the process. But in the epilogue, we may have been introduced to the possible threads of the next story.