November 1, 2017
Ninety Australia Awards Scholarships awardees from across Papua New Guinea have gathered in Port Moresby this week to prepare for their studies in Australia next year.
The awardees are attending a three-week pre-departure workshop that started this Monday at the Gateway Hotel.
The event is designed to maximise opportunities for awardees to succeed.
Australia Awards represents the continuing commitment by the Governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia to build human capacity in Papua New Guinea through investment in education.
The awardees, drawn from the public, private and civil society sectors, all have plans to contribute to Papua New Guinea upon graduation in the priority sectors of education, health, governance, law and justice, transport and infrastructure or agriculture.
Australian High Commission’s Minister Counsellor for Human Development and Infrastructure, Mr Benedict David, addressed the group on the first day.
“When you graduate you will be joining a distinguished and influential group of Papua New Guineans who share your link to Australia,” he said. “You will find many Australia Awards alumni filling important roles in vital industries and sectors, all of whom are vital links in the unique relationship between Papua New Guinea and Australia.
“And we have high hopes and great expectations for you as part of this fresh cohort of future leaders.” he added.
Australia Awards – Papua New Guinea runs the workshop for each new intake of Awardees, so they may gain a better understanding of what is expected of them, as well as prepare for studying and living in Australia.