Student working towards peace in Palestine

July 27, 2017

Australian Award scholar: Huthayfa hopes to make a difference in his country

A Murdoch student is hoping to combine his University education and experience of Australia to work for peace between Israel and his home country of Palestine.

Murdoch graduate Huthayfa Abuseifein made the pledge as he addressed a recent Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) ceremony in Perth, Western Australia (WA).

The Palestine national said he elected to study a Master of International Affairs and Security at Murdoch University so that he could make a difference in his country.

“Palestinians are human beings who deserve a life, and need to live in peace and dignity,” Huthayfa said.

“I want to do something for my country and hope to help in resolving the Palestinian- Israeli conflict in the future.”

Huthayfa came to Murdoch University as an Australia Awards scholar. Australia Awards are a prestigious international scholarships and fellowships funded by the Australian Government.

The Awards invest in bright young people coming from developing countries that are destined to be leaders and drive development in their own countries when they go home.

In discussing the Australian Awards, The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs said the initiative is an opportunity for international students to not only gain skills and qualifications, but also adopt a second home.

“I see students coming to Australia, and Australian students going overseas, as one of the best forms of diplomacy that Australia could envisage,” Minister Bishop said.

Huthayfa conveyed his deep thanks to DFAT for giving him the opportunity to come to Australia and study at Murdoch, gaining new ideas and knowledge and the ability to make a significant contribution to his home country.

“I have always dreamed to live and study in Australia, a country with a high standard of education, a country of freedom and security, and I was very lucky to be a student at Murdoch University,” Huthayfa added.

“My time in Australia taught me the meaning of how to live in peace and freedom, how to strengthen the relations with other people, how to work together for development, good governance and the protection of human rights.”

Sir Walter Murdoch School Dean, Professor Benjamin Reilly, said he was extremely proud of Huthayfa’s achievements.

“Huthayfa faced significant challenges, both in Palestine and since coming to Australia,” Professor Reilly said.

“He has overcome them all to graduate with a top-ranked Masters degree and a goal of further academic attainment ahead of him.”

An estimated half a million students come to Australia to study every year, with 5,000 students coming to the country as Australian Award Scholars.

Murdoch has 52 Australia Awards students at the University from 18 different countries. Close to 130 Australia Awards’ students have completed their degrees at Murdoch University.

To find out more about Murdoch’s Master of International Affairs and Security, come to Murdoch University’s Open Day on Sunday, 30 July 2017.

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