Stories

Lifting skills for aviation in the mining industry

Since 2011, Australia Awards has supported more than 1,400 Papua New Guineans to take up
long-term studies in Australia, including Philip Takirua.

Beyond the Degree – Fidelis Golu’s Making a Difference

An Australia Awards Scholarship is an opportunity to transform development policy. Bougainvillean
Fidelis Golu knows this firsthand as an alumni.

From Australia Awards alumna to CEO

Australia Awards alumna Vicky Vene personifies the transformative power of determination and
hard work.

Signing to make a difference

On International Day for Persons with Disability (PWD), we celebrate the journey of Clare Guria, an Australia Awards alumna and champion for PWDs.
Clare’s story is a remarkable one, depicting strong determination to achieve goals despite having a hearing impairment. Her journey began in the heart of Wewak town, where she grew up and attended primary and secondary education.

A Journalist’s Mission to Amplify Community Voices

In remote Kabwum district in Morobe Province, Kevin Dayonga grew up fascinated by the mysteries of the world. From the vanishing sun to the prospect of rainwater filling the ocean, his curious mind pondered it all. But it was the mechanics of radio voices that truly captured his attention.

Jopok’s qualification benefits his society

Jopok Akepalua dreamed of becoming a priest, but things didn’t work out the way he thought they would. While studying at St Fidelis College, a seminary in Madang, he was called back to his district, Kagua-Erave in the Southern Highlands, to teach grade six due to a shortage of teachers.

Inclusive education in Bougainville

Anne Lydia Dandava always believed that education was the key to a better future. Growing up in a Runa village, located at the fringe of Arawa town, southeast of Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Anne knew firsthand the struggles that many of her peers faced in accessing quality education

Leading the way in education through mentorship

Nestled in the heart of East Sepik Province, Ambunti-Drekikir District is a place of incredible beauty and immense challenges. For Hillary Suamba, growing up in this community was a lesson in the power of perseverance and the importance of education. After completing...

From secondary school teacher to university lecturer

Noelynn Darius’s commitment and qualification through Australia Awards PNG have elevated her from a secondary school teacher to a university lecturer.

“I am a devoted alumna of the Papua New Guinea Australia Alumni Association. Being a member of this professional association has fashioned me to attain and perform in my new role as a lecturer here at the University of Goroka, as of this year. This network has been really profitable,” she claims.

Ismael Sunga’s career expansion

“The impact my Australia Award had for my work is huge. I can now confidently perform my work and at the same time impart knowledge and skills to other colleagues. I encourage other public officials to apply for Australia Awards,” says Ismael Sunga, Assistant Secretary for Extractive Industries in the PNG Department of Treasury and Australia Awards alumni.

Breaking new ground for women in PNG

Breaking new ground for women in PNG

Since she was a little girl, Tania Areori always wanted to be a vet – despite there being no other female vets in PNG. And after completing a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University through Australia Awards PNG, she has achieved this dream, becoming...

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The creative PhD journey of Dr Yalamu

The creative PhD journey of Dr Yalamu

A lecturer for arts and design at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), Dr. Philemon Yalamu, published four journals while studying and established a virtual creative hub after being conferred a PhD in Computer Science and Software Engineering through Australia...

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The challenge of intellect, led to a PhD

The challenge of intellect, led to a PhD

“I felt like I was not challenged intellectually in the way I was delivering my teaching and facilitating learning for the students. Therefore, I applied for the Australia Awards Scholarship to study a PhD, so that I could do research and contribute to new knowledge...

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Inspiring people to make their own futures

Inspiring people to make their own futures

“We don’t need investors or donors to start a project for us. We just need to stop being lazy, start working and make something for ourselves. Agribusiness is definitely one of the ways we can do that.” Australia Awards alumna Rosemary Imara is passionate about...

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