The National, Friday August 2nd, 2013
FIVE students from Sohe district, in Northern, have been selected to pursue degree programmes overseas under a government-private partnership programme.
Under the programme, LincWantok International, a study scheme of the Lincoln University in New Zealand, will provide study scholarships to Papua New Guineans in its academic programmes.
The Sohe district administration under its Joint District Planning and Budgetary Priority Committee allocated K400,000 to the five to take up four-year courses in agriculture, international business, management, information technology and animal science.
The five are Gilphas Areura, Murray Vuriambu, Shirley Purasi, Dunstan Gore and Fabian Uhura.
Sohe is the second district to join the LincWantok programme after North Fly, which has been an active participant in the past two years.
Sohe MP Delilah Gore said at a farewell ceremony last Sunday, it was a priority to invest in the future by educating its human resource using such opportunities.
“Sohe district is embarking on sending students overseas for studies, an initiative that is aligned with the government’s Vision 2050,” she said.
“These students are the assets of the district. The Lincoln University is a technical institute that will train these young people to develop our district when they return.
“I urge them to take the challenge seriously and give their best in their studies and return with flying colours.”
Gore hopes to expand the programme to include other districts in Northern.
LincWantok country manager Philip Yendowe said Papua New Guineans would be trained to understand areas of resource management and development in their fields of study.
The five participants were selected on academic performance.