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WHP Joins PNG-Australia Alumni Association



Over 11,000 Papua New Guineans have so far studied in Australia, Papua New Guinea Australia Alumni Association president Dr Janet Rangou said at the launch of the Western Highlands Provincial Chapter in Mt Hagen.


The launch made evident that Western Highlands Province Chapter is the 11th in the country to join the PNG Australia Alumni Association and also strengthen the partnership between Papua New Guinea and Australia to focus the new chapter for the province.


Dr Rangou said the Papua New Guinea Australian Alumni Association recently opened their associate membership to also include graduates of Australian government scholarships in PNG, in areas including nursing and midwifery and the growing trend of the association includes talented professionals from all walks of life.


Provincial administrator Joseph Neng and Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea His Excellency Bruce Davis also joined the official launching program.


Western Highlands Chapter is the PNGAAA chapter established with members from the province including its sister province Jiwaka and neighbouring Southern Highlands Province.


The new Western Highlands Chapter joins the other existing provincial chapters in Manus, Madang, Eastern Highlands, East New Britian, Enga, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Morobe, Milne Bay, National Capital District and East Sepik.


The PNGAAA was established in 2006 to support ongoing Papua New Guineans who have studied in Australia to connect with each other and consolidate efforts to address economic and social development issues in PNG.


Australian High Commissioner to PNG Bruce Davis encouraged the alumni to maintain links in Western Highlands Province, Jiwaka, Southern Highlands and beyond.


“The Australian Government has been providing scholarships to PNG for many years and it is great to see that it continues to provide professional support to Papua New Guineans,” Mr Davis said.


The new Western Highlands provincial chapter provides members with the same benefits as the others including access to professional development opportunities, networking events, and grants earmarked to support alumni share their talents and skills with their professional and wider community.


Interim President for Western Highlands Chapter Nida Itaki presented the new chapter’s inaugural annual plan to the Australian High Commissioner, highlighting various community and professional activities. Continue reading at https://postcourier.com.pg/whp-joins-png-australia-alumni-association/ | Post Courier

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