TL3A Newsletter

Please read more on TL3A Newsletter June 2020 (English) and Buletin TL3A Junu (Tetum) to find out what activities have been carried out by TL3A members for the past 6 months.

Australia Awards Alumni Network

On graduating, all Australia Awards Scholars automatically become members of the global alumni network. This network provides a mechanism for Australia Awards alumni to build and maintain supportive relationships with other alumni through professional and social links.

If you are an Australia Awards alumnus – Scholarship or Fellowship – we want to stay in touch with you. To keep up to date with TL3A activities visit our facebook page @ausTLalumni

Please send an email to and let us know your current contact details so we can include you in our activities.

You can find out how alumni have been contributing to Timor-Leste’s development since 2000 by watching this short film celebrating 17 years of the Australia Awards in Timor-Leste.

Alumni networking activities include:

      • Welcome Back Reception hosted by the Australian Ambassador
      • Alumni workshops, PhD Showcases and seminars – formal and informal – to provide opportunities to have thematic discussions led by alumni, including participation from Timor-Leste Government agencies, private sector and development partners

The next Alumni Showcase will be held in next year 2020 and feature the Master and PhD research . Contact us for more information.

An alumni small grants fund is available to support alumni who would like to pursue professional development and leadership activities and to remain connected with Australia.

Timor-Leste – Australia Alumni Association

A new Timor-Leste Australia Alumni Association (TL3A) Board is in place supported by Alumni Secretariat Co-ordinator (ASC) – Herminia Martins, also an Australia Awards Alumni.

The Timor-Leste Australia Alumni Association (TL3A) was established in August 2017 with formal ratification in October 2019.

The new board was elected at a well attended Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 20th January 2018. Members include Marcia Exposto e Silva (Chair), Felix Piedade (Vice-Chair), Armandina GusmãoJoaquim Soriano Viana (Ule) and newly returned alumni Francisco Amaral Godinho de Araujo.

The vision of the Board is to encourage alumni to actively participate in the Australia Awards community, to attend events, to volunteer and to create new ways for alumni to stay connected and contribute to the development of Timor-Leste.

Members of TL3A held a discussion on the future of Timor-Leste’s Non-Petroleum Economy on RTTL.

Members of TL3A held a discussion on COVID-19 impact to education, religion and people with disability sectors on RTTL program ‘Ita Nia Bainaka’.

New TL3A elected president invited to RTTL talk show ‘Cafe Dader” on the existence of the TL3A.

Alumni of the year 2019

HE Peter Roberts, Australian Ambassador in Timor-Leste and Dr. Raimundo dos Santos, the Alumni of the year 2019.

The first ever Timor-Leste Australia Awards Alumni of the Year Award was presented to Dr Raimundo dos Santos at a traditionally themed gala dinner on 13rd of December 2019 at Timor-Plaza.

Dr Raimundo, General surgeon at Dili’s National Hospital is one of 310 Australia Award alumni who are using the skills and knowledge gained from their Australia Award scholarship to further Timor-Leste’s development.

Sectoral Groups

There are six alumni sector groups with the overall objective are to identify, plan and implement alumni engagement activities which funded by Australia’s Aid (AusAid) program, enable alumni to contribute their professional expertise and personal commitment to addressing development challenges in Timor-Leste.

1. Health Sector

Consists of fifteen people who are: Lourenço Camnahas (Coordinator), Armandina Gusmão Amaral, Carmeneza dos Santos Monteiro, Jonia Brites da Cruz, Endang Soares da Silva, Celestina Ximenes, Maria Nunes, Imaculada Belo, Dr. Raimundo dos Santos, Angelina Amaral Gusmão, Geraldo Ximenes, Dra. Amelia Barreto, Dr. Mateus Pinheiro, Dr. Gustodio Alves de Jesus and Isamel Barreto.

This sector conducts health-related activities include seminar on early pregnancy to youth, run awareness videon on waste management and African Swine Fever, dissemination information about Domestic Violence Related Injury (DVRI), develop and distribute flood safety posters, supports Ministry of Health (delivery 1500 masks, gloves, 5 boxes of hand soaps, 1600 posters, 7 megaphones, 100 unit hygiene kits and stickers) for COVID-19 responses, support 5 sukus in Dili (delivery 55 boxes of hand soaps) and support National Directorate of Water and Sanitation (delivery 20 water tanks) to respond for COVID-19.

2. Infrastructure Sector

There are nine people in this sector: Dulce Soares (Coordinator), Francisco Amaral Godinho de Araujo, Flora Baptista, Amaro Ximenes, José Pereira, Tome H.M. Gonçalves, Julio Celestino, Nelida Alves and Carion da Costa.

3. Education Sector

The sector consists of twelve people are Sergio Thong and Agostinho Cabral (Group lead), Felix Piedade, Alberto Piedade, Jorge da S. Guterres, Frangki Raturoman dos Santos, Belina Maia do Rosario, Liboria Fátima Savio, Filomeno Martins, Dionisio Sarmento, Joaninha Lu and Suzana Rodriques.

They are looking after education activities such as senior high school visit program initiative, TV talkshow on non-oil economic, support unemployed youth to develop their career planning management and mentoring youth a journey to a job opportunity.

4. Development Sector

Nine alumni in this sector include Zulmira Fonseca (Group Coordinator), Domingos Mesquita, Acacio Pinto, João Noronha, Arsenia da Cruz, Jonio Julio da Costa Soares, Joaninha Lu, Joaquim Soriano Viana (Ule) and Afonso Silva Alves.

There are several activities undertaken by this sector such as seminar on environmental sustainability with 5 schools across Dili municipality on how to recycling activity, seminar on enviromental sustainability and video about waste management.

5. Agriculture Sector

Alumni who engage in this sector are 7 people include Roni Pati Tpoi (Group Coordinator), Marcia Exposto e Silva, Maria Natalice Ximenes, Ligia Parada, Alipio de Almeida, Abrão Pereira and Matias Tavares.

This sector are running activities such as dissemination information session on practical to use cook stove (clean energy).

6. Cross Cutting Media and Communication Sector

There are seven people who are Isidoro Correia (Group Coordinator), Marcia Exposto e Silva, Elvis Tinoco Guterres, Maria Nunes, Natalina dos Santos, Helche Silvestre and Joel de Lima.

The sector conduct activities such as helping alumni on the communication issue.

If you would like further information or to get involved please contact Guido via or drop in to see him at the Alumni Secretariat’s office next to WDPTL office at Rua de Be-Mori (Antiga Rua de Belarmino Lobo, Bidau Akadiru-Hun, Dili, Timor-Leste.

TL3A board members

Outgoing TL3A board president Alberto Piedade hands over the strategy to the newly elected board president, Marcia Exposto

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