Executive board member receives an international entrepreneurship award

Dr. Nicolás Gambetta received the COALAR Australia Latin America Young Entrepreneur Award from the Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR), established by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Gambetta is academic coordinator of postgraduates degrees in accounting and taxation in the School of Management and Social Sciences and executive board member of the university’s Australian Studies Centre.

Date: 05/29/2017

Coalar AustraliaThe COALAR Australia Latin America Young Entrepreneur Award

Established for the first time in December 2016, the award aims to recognize the achievements of a young Latin American and a young Australian.

The candidates, who should be nominated, must lead a project that is capable of improving the life of Australian and Latin American people, fostering the cultural, economic, environmental, technological or academic prosperity.

In this line, the candidates should be able to demonstrate that through their contribution and commitment to a project, the relationship between Australia and Latin America has been enriched.

The Australian Government will facilitate these projects with access to a governmental, corporate and academic network that will help them to gain visibility and support.

The award sponsors are Air New Zealand and the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN). This network includes the following universities: University of Technology Sydney, RMIT University, University of South Australia, Queensland University of Technology and Curtin University.

The awardees have been selected from a significant pool of projects led by Australian and Latin American entrepreneurs.

The award ceremony

The award recipients were announced by Mr. Chris Gale, COALAR chairman, on Monday 22nd May 2017 in Melbourne, Australia, in the context of the “Latin America Infrastructure Forum 2017” networking reception hosted by the Australia-Latin America Business Council (ALABC). The reception took place in the Victoria Government’s Investment Centre premises.

In the gala dinner held on May 23rd at the Sofitel Melbourne hotel, the Australian Government conferred the awards to the selected entrepreneurs.

Dr. Nicolás Gambetta was the entrepreneur selected to represent Latin America, and according to Mr. Chris Gale, he was selected “on recognition to his work in establishing the first Australian Studies Centre in Latin America at Universidad ORT Uruguay. The Australian Studies Centre (ASC) is recognized as a turning point in the Australia – Latin America relations and aims to strengthen the academic and cultural links between Australia and the region”.

Dr. Gambetta award nomination was done by the Uruguayan Ambassador to Australia, Ricardo Varela and the Australian Honorary Consul in Uruguay, Dr. Alfredo Taullard. Ryan Montgomery, Air New Zealand General Manager to New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, presented the award to Dr. Gambetta in the gala dinner.

The Australian Government prepared a busy program for Dr. Gambetta during his Melbournian stay in the week starting the 22nd May. He held meetings with ATN, Monash University, University of Melbourne, Deakin University, RMIT University and Swinburne University.

Additionally, he was received by the COALAR board members during the COALAR board meeting in Melbourne and by the Victoria Government’s Department of Economic Development. Dr. Gambetta attended the Latin America Infrastructure Forum 2017 together with the Uruguayan delegation composed by Uruguay XXI, the Canelones Government and the Australian Honorary Consul in Uruguay.

El Dr. Nicolás Gambetta recibió distinción del Gobierno Australiano

ASC’s main objectives

ASC’s main objectives

  • To organize conferences, seminars and roundtables about Australian current issues and their relationship with the region.

  • To promote overseas study and student exchange programs.

  • To promote academic cooperation with Australian universities, in particular faculty exchange programs and activities in support of the Uruguayan postgraduate system.

  • To develop courses on Australian history, politics, international relations, economics, business, society, education, culture, literature, sustainability and environmental topics.

  • To develop comparative research projects between Australia and the region.

On Friday 9 March 2018 we received the visit of Cathy Raper, Head of Europe and Latin America Engagement at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of Australia.

Dr Francisco Rosas, one of ASC research colleagues, was invited to AARES Annual Conference to present his paper on “The effect of irrigation on income volatility reduction: A prospect theory approach”.

In December 2017 the ASC received the visit of Ms Natalie Collard, Board Member of COALAR, the Council for Australian and Latin-American Relations.

We thank Ambassador Noel Campbell for his permament support to the ASC and share his interview on the role of The Australian Studies Centre after his visit to Montevideo to participate on the 2nd ASC Board Meeting.