The National, Tuesday July 16th, 2013
THE Papua New Guinea Information Centre for Australian awards opened in Port Moresby last week for students to find out more about the scholarship scheme.
The centre is equipped with handbooks and internet access to help applicants research courses, seek help with their applications and to help alumni to look for positions where they can apply their skills, knowledge and leadership abilities.
The opening was witnessed by AUSAID head in the country Stuart Schaefer and Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Minister David Arore.
Schaefer said Papua New Guineans had the opportunity to visit the information centre to find out about the range of Australia awards on offer in Australia and PNG.
“The Australia awards develop knowledge and skills, promote education links and build enduring ties between the people of Australia and PNG,” he said.
“Every day in PNG we see the tangible benefits of Australia awards scholarships and fellowships, with alumni holding leadership positions in PNG’s public service and working as senior managers, business owners, doctors, nurses and teachers.”
Schaeefer said education paid huge dividends for PNG by fostering talent and supporting skills development that led to positive change for communities.
Arore thanked AusAID for its support in promoting education.
The award allows PNG students to further their studies and the chance to undertake research or professional development in Australia and PNG.
It was expanded in 2013, with around 450 awardees. From 2014 to 2016, a further 450 award recipients per year are expected to start their studies.