Macquarie Government Scholarship in Cyber Security
I was fortunate to have awarded Rifa Sanzida Ritu the Macquarie Government Scholarship in Cyber Security at the Western Sydney University’s Scholarship awards ceremony on Friday afternoon.
The event had many highlights.
Talking with Rifa and her family, it was then that I realised how impressive Rifa was. Rifa is in her final year of a computer science degree and has obtained subject grades over 95% with an average grade point average of 6.056. Rifa presented as a confident, articulate and affable young woman who is eager to complete her degree and start her career.
When asked what she most appreciated about the scholarship, Rifa said “the best thing is that my merit is being acknowledged. It feels great when my hard work and efforts are appreciated. Receiving this scholarship has helped me clarify my goals in pursuing a career in cyber security.”
Rifa also wishes to present herself “as an example for young women to motivate and encourage them to pursue their career in ICT or cyber security.”
At a time when governments, corporations and individuals have greater reliance on the internet, and cyber-security attacks are increasing in frequency, sophistication and impact, it’s reassuring to know bright young minds are taking on the task of improving internet and/or cloud security.
For me personally, it was great to be back to the university where I completed my undergraduate degree (so many years ago) and to see WSU was attracting high-calibre students and coordinating a successful scholarship programme.
I am grateful to be working for an Australian company that supports the professional development of young people in a field of growing importance.