9 December 2016
The Australian Government and its tertiary education partners for the Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships in Papua New Guinea have come together to participate in a workshop in Port Moresby.
This year there will be 185 Australia Award Pacific Scholarships awarded to Papua New Guineans to undertake tertiary education at 18 institutions throughout the country.
The workshop provided a forum for the partners to discuss issues, challenges and share lessons learned to further improve the delivery of Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships in Papua New Guinea.
Mr Saidi Lani, Principal of Highlands Regional School of Nursing was among 40 other participants from more than 20 tertiary institutions around Papua New Guinea who attended the TEP workshop. The Highlands Regional School of Nursing is a partner with the Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships program.
“This is an opportunity for the partners to come together, share and learn from each other and build the capacity of Papua New Guineans, as well as improve the standards of our institutions,” Mr Lani said.
“Having been associated with Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships since 2012, I have seen first-hand the impact that the scholarship program has had at my institution and for the community.
“We now have an e-library and internet access which is a key development for our institution and our students to access updated resources.”
Australian High Commission Minster Counsellor, Mr Benedict David, said: “These institutions are important partners for the Australian Government and this is an invaluable opportunity to bring all of our partner institutions together from across the country to share ideas for the future.”
Since the Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships commenced in 2012 these tertiary institutions have worked in partnership with the Australian Government to host more than 1800 students in disciplines ranging from Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor/Diploma of Nursing and Certificate of Community Health Work.