July 3, 2017
A capacity building workshop by the Papua New Guinea – Australia Alumni Association (PNGAAA) has helped executives and emerging leaders from the seven provincial chapters across the country develop better strategies for growth and member engagement.
The alumni joined representatives from the Australia Awards on 29 and 30 June at the workshop in Port Moresby to develop fresh strategies for sustaining their alumni associations.
The workshop was run by Dr Gretchen Dobson, a leading global alumni relations consultant developing international advancement programs for educational institutions and non-profit organisations around the world.
The AAPNG’s goal of delivering development contributions for Papua New Guinea and forging links with Australia is aided by such efforts to build greater capacity across the chapters, and the workshop is a significant part of the association’s planning and preparations for the coming year as new strategies are put in place to improve the organisation. One such plan is to establish new Chapter in Alotau.
Higher education is a key component for providing effective development outcomes in Papua New Guinea and alumni, especially those who have studied in Australia, are at the forefront of this – with alumni associations providing the networks and support for success.
Australian High Commission Counsellor for Development (Education), Ms. Suzanne Edgecombe remarked on the importance of alumni members in the country.
“Your role as representatives and executives of alumni chapters across Papua New Guinea means you are at the forefront of diplomacy for the next generation of leaders in the Pacific Region,” said Ms. Edgecombe.