Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Applications open for prestigious Australian study opportunities

The Australian High Commission today invited Papua New Guineans to apply for prestigious Australia Awards Scholarships for study in 2015.

The Australia Awards Scholarships provide PNG’s next generation of leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research or professional development in Australia.

The Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Ms Deborah Stokes, encouraged young Papua New Guineans to pursue an opportunity of a lifetime by applying for an Award.

“You could join more than 1800 Papua New Guineans who have participated in the program and returned home with new ideas and knowledge and the ability to make a significant contribution to PNG as leaders in their fields,” Ms Stokes said.

“PNG sees the tangible benefits with Australia Awards alumni holding leadership positions in PNG’s public service and private enterprise. Alumni are leading change as senior managers, business owners, and professional throughout PNG.

“I strongly encourage women to apply. Australia is committed to at least 50% of the Australian Awards being awarded to women.

The Australia Awards program aims to contribute to PNG’s long term development needs by awarding scholarships in areas that align with PNG’s development partnership with Australia including health, education and law and justice.

Awardees can gain an internationally recognised qualification from an Australian university, build enduring links with Australia and develop their leadership potential.

The Australia Awards Scholarships are highly competitive with selection based on academic ability, leadership and employment record, the developmental benefit of the proposed field of study, and overall preparedness to study in Australia.

More than 700 applications were received for last year’s intake of 150 awardees who are this month departing for their study assignments in Australia.

Applications close on 30 April 2014. Potential applicants can visit for more information about the application requirements.

The Australia Awards PNG Information Centre is equipped with institutional handbooks and internet access to help potential applicants research courses, seek assistance with their applications and to assist alumni to look for positions where they can apply their skills, knowledge and leadership abilities.

The centre is located in Port Tower, Hunter St, Port Moresby, and is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4.30pm.

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