Researcher wins Fulbright award

Normal, Youth & Careers

The National, Wednesday July 1st, 2012

MORE young people must be encouraged to enhance their education and qualifications through training, Constitutional Law Reform Commission secretary Dr Eric Kwa says.
At a farewell function for the 2012 Fulbright scholarship recipient Mary Fairio last Friday in Port Moresby, Kwa said as a former academic, he was proud to see such an achievement by a young Papua New Guinean.
“It’s never enough for PNG, we need more skilled people,” he said.
Kwa said the commission, through its staff training plan, encouraged every person to further their education.
He said Fairio was a competitive and committed individual in her working capacity as a research officer with the commission.
“To me it’s a blessing for commitment and hard work,” he said.
Kwa said it was important to train the young when they were still ambitious and single.
Fairio, who will be doing a one-year masters programme in political science, thanked the United States Embassy for the opportunity.
She was chosen out of more than 280 applicants from the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and PNG.
Her study would be on women’s empowerment.
“I intend to use my study to help women excel in all walks of life when I return.”
Fairio will leave the country on Sunday and will study at the University of Ohio.
She has a honours degree in political science from the University of Papua New Guinea.