Following the historic visit of the Governor-General of Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove last year, Senator Parry visited Uruguay and held meetings with national authorities and finished his busy day with a meeting in the Australain Studies Centre, followed by a reception Ambassador Campbell gave in his honor.
In the meeting that was held in Pocitos Campus, Senator Parry was accompanied by the Australian Ambassador to Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, Noel Campbel; Australia's Honorary Consul in Montevideo, Alfredo Taullard, the ORT Academic Vice-Rector Julio Fernández and other officials from the Australian Embassy. During the meeting, the ASC executive board member, Dr. Nicolás Gambetta, briefed Senator Parry and the delegation about the ASC providing them with details about the Centre's objetives, governance, key areas of study, recent activities and visiting professors received and outlined the ASC' strategy to become a regional centre.
President Parry said he would like to see the University of Tasmania involved in some activities in the ASC as Tasmania is his state of birth. A couple of fields of study were identified for potential collaborations with the University of Tasmania during the meeting. At the end of the meeting, Dr. Gambetta presented Senator Parry with a gift from the University.
Following the meeting, the delegation visited the ORT Pocitos Campus facilities and finished the tour in the room where the recepction took place. Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Uruguay XXI, Intendencia de Canelones, the Chamber of Commerce Uruguay Australia and ASC researchers and authorities shared some drinks and hors d'oeuvres. The Australian Ambassador delivered a speech where he stressed the importance of the ASC to make Australia better known in Latin America while Senator Parry during his speech expressed he was impressed by the work the ASC is doing and said the Centre has a very important role to play in the Australia-Latin America bilateral relations.
Pictures of the visit