FIVE young Papua New Guineans have been awarded the Chevening and Commonwealth scholarships by the British government to undergo masters programmes in the United Kingdom.
The recipients met at the British High Commission in Port Moresby last Friday to prepare their one-year studies at various universities in Britain.
British High Commissioner David Dunn, who was present, thanked Steamships Trading Company for co-funding the Chevening Steamships scholarship for one of the recipients, Junior Novera, a researcher with the Institute of Biological Research in Goroka, who will be doing his masters in conservation biology and wildlife management at the Lancaster University.
Mr Dunn said this was the first time that a company in PNG was sponsoring a student in conjunction with the British government scholarships.
“The UK spends more than K500,000 a year on educational scholarships in PNG.
“By securing a Chevening or Commonwealth scholarship you are now clearly identified as future leaders in your areas of expertise.
“I hope that you get the most out of your experience in the UK, and proudly fly the flag for PNG during your 12 months abroad.”
Steamships business development general manager Gary Seddon said the company was proud to be associated with the programme, adding that it would continue supporting the programme in the coming years.
Chevening scholarship recipients are Erick Kowa of Oil Search who will be doing his masters in energy futures (oil and gas) at the University of Aberdeen and Rosemary Benjamin of UPNG will do her masters in biotechnology and management at the University of East London
Commonwealth scholarship recipients are Reichert Tanda from Department of National Planning who will do a masters in economic development at the University of Bradford while Deborah Kakis of the Pacific Adventist University (PAU) will do a masters in modern applications of mathematics at the University of Bath.