18 May 2017
In a networking event at the Papua New Guinea University of Technology last week, Australia Awards Alumni in Morobe Province met Australia’s Consul-General in Lae, Paul Murphy, and other Morobe-based alumni and members of the Papua New Guinea Australia Awards Alumni (PNGAAA).
“Australia Awards scholars are selected on their current and future leadership potential. The Australian Government is proud to have a deep connection with our returned alumni who are playing an important role in Lae and Morobe province’s prosperity.” Mr Murphy said.
Alumni at the event shared experiences of their studies in Australia and celebrated their achievements following their return to Papua New Guinea. The alumni reflected on their connection to Australia noting the benefits of maintaining these links from their academic to professional careers.
Ronnie Dotaona completed a PhD on sweet potato crop protection. He is continuing to collaborate with contacts he made at Australian universities and has professional research projects underway with Charles Sturt University and the University of South Queensland.
“Completing my PhD at Charles Sturt University allowed me to meet researchers working in areas of interest for me. I have found these networks extremely valuable professionally as I am leading research projects at Unitech’s Agricultural department.”
Education scholarships are an enduring element of the partnership between Papua New Guinea and Australia. Alumni boast both world-class professional skills and a global mindset to drive Papua New Guinea’s development.
Australia has provided more than 11,000 Australia Awards scholarships and fellowships to Papua New Guineans since Australia began offering scholarships in the early 1950s.