26 September 2017
Australia Awards is welcoming home the latest cohort of alumni returning after completing their studies in an exciting array of subjects.
The group of 58 Scholarship recipients have been studying many different topics, mostly at Masters and Doctorate levels, and will now participate in a two-day series of re-integration workshops organised by Australia Awards.
The workshops will help them capitalise on their experience in Australia, develop ethical leadership skills and effectively contribute to Papua New Guinea’s development objectives.
The cohort will also discover the support network that is available to all Australia Awards alumni and how they can use it to build strong linkages between Papua New Guinea and Australia. They will be debriefed on changes in their workplaces while they were away, and be given some guidance on navigating the cultural differences between their Australian and Papua New Guinean experiences.
At the end of the two days, a special networking event will be held where the alumni will join representatives from the Government of Papua New Guinea, the Australian High Commission in Papua New Guinea and leading private sector organisations to build professional connections.
Australian High Commissioner, Bruce Davis, said that the group will make an exceptional contribution to the country’s future.
“It is wonderful to see these up-and-coming leaders returning from their studies in Australia with so much passion and drive to contribute to the future of Papua New Guinea.
“I know they will prove very important to the country in coming years,” he added.
The two days will be important for the alumni as the group’s members draw from a wide range of sectors, both public and private and have studied a diverse set of topics such as finance, aviation management, clinical pharmacy, construction management, economics, education, environmental management and sustainability, governance and public policy, health administration, human resource management and industrial relations, information systems, international development, nursing, petroleum engineering, public administration and urban planning.