God, determination ushers Poya to academic success

The National, Thursday July 21st, 2016

Two years ago a determined Yalinu Poya went to China to pursue a Masters degree in inorganic chemistry under a Chinese Government Scholarship.
Poya comes from a parentage of Pangia, Southern Highlands, and Banz, Jiwaka.
The scholarship was made possible by the Education Pacific Agency (EPA) which is mandated by  Chinese universities to recommend post-graduate students for further studies.
Poya graduated with her Masters   in inorganic chemistry with flying colours from the Northeast Normal University in Jilin Province last month.
She was also awarded the University Council’s Award of Excellence as an outstanding student.
Poya’s research was based on the synthesis and application of polyoxometalate catalysis in industries like food, paper and textile manufacturing and fishing.
She did her research in one of six such laboratories in the world that focuses and researches on polyoxometalate catalysis.
“The research I did is a rapidly growing field, gaining immense interest worldwide and is applied on large-scale industries.” Poya said.
“I hope PNG would adopt this field of science and apply it in its chemical industries as it is highly convenient, environmentally-friendly and cost-effective.”
Poya said she was privileged to have chosen China to do her Masters because the country was not only emerging as a economic powerhouse, but also as a key player in science and technology on the global stage.
She said China had laboratories and facilities that were well advanced and encouraged women to pursue their studies in China.
“There are four things that helped me achieve my dreams and they are obedience to God, submission to parents, sheer focus and determination,” Poya said.
She encouraged  young PNG women and girls to set goals, aim high and achieve their dream.
Poya thanked EPA for the opportunity given to her to study abroad.
EPA director Jeffers Teargun Heptol, while congratulating Poya on her achievement, encouraged other young Papua New Guineans to take up the opportunities offered by EPA.
He said EPA had more than 70 PNG and Pacific students studying in various universities around China.
“We are here to help make people’s dreams come true and Yalinu (Poya) is one of those fine examples,” Heptol said.
Poya is ready to contribute to the development of her country in the fields of chemistry, science and technology.