Australian Awards Scholarship recipients have been urged to contribute meaningfully within their respective field of study they graduated from Australia.
Public Services Minister Westley Nukundj urged them to help the country achieve the national development goals as set out in the Vision 2050, the Development Strategic Plan and the Medium Term Development Plan 3.
Minister Nukundj was speaking at the welcome reception for the awardees in Port Moresby last night.
“Be a change or champion for change in whatever you do, wherever you are placed,” he said.
“You need to demonstrate the return on investment.”
“You are a young generation of leaders we have sent you away, to learn and attain new set of skills and knowledge to inspire positive changes, by instilling your new learnings, life experiences , discipline and becoming agents of change to drive change in our country,” he said.
He thanked the Government of Australia for supporting this partnership and every time taking it to new heights and creating a brighter path for Papua New Guineans.
“Australia funded scholarship is longstanding and is well regarded in PNG and is aligned more closely to the priorities of the Government of Papua New Guinea,” he said.
“ With that I acknowledge and thank the Government of Australia for the ongoing investments in the PNG human resources to achieve government’s key priority outcomes.”
The PNG-Australia Partnership, through this scholarship program is very significant as; it provides Papua New Guinean, men and women with skills and knowledge to contribute to PNG’s economic and social development within the priority areas of the PNG National Government as well as it empowers them (women and men) to actively participate in the development of the civil society,” he said.
Since the inception of this partnership twenty (20) years ago, over 11,000 plus Papua New Guineans have benefited studying in Australia, who have attained quality Australian higher education qualifications degrees.
- Since 2012 almost 300 Public Servants have been awarded Australian Award Scholarship.
- Of these 40% (124) were awarded to Sub-National (Provinces) and 60% awarded to National level agencies.
- These Australia Award Scholarship alumni represent 19 out of 22 Province.
- Of the alumni returning to the Public Sector,61% returning contributed towards the development of Papua New Guinea through application of new knowledge and skills at their respective workplaces , 25% upon returning contributed towards development of Government Policies at National level while 14% shared their knowledge and skills by way of transferring, eg. teachers, lecturers, medical doctors.