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Friday, August 11, 2006

Indonesia offers scholarship for two Solomon students

Solomon Islands Government commended the Indonesian Government for its assistance in providing scholarship awards for two Solomon Islands nationals to study in Indonesia in 2006/2007.

Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, HE Mr Bernard Bata’anisia, made the remarks, when he officially received the assistance programme from the Indonesia Government, on behalf of the two Solomon Islanders on Tuesday this week at the Indonesian Embassy in Port Moresby.

The scholarship assistance programme known as the ‘Darmasiswas scholarship programme’ is being funded by the Indonesian Government and will enable the two Solomon Islands Artists, Mr Benjamin Maefongia and Mr Luke Douglas Rae, to study for a year at the Indonesian Institute of Fine Arts in Yogyakarta, Centra Java in Indonesia. The two Solomon Islands students were among a group of 200 students from 60 countries around the world that had been selected to study in Indonesia. They will undertake courses in Fine Arts, which include painting, craft and carving. They will also under go three months language training in Bahasa, the Indonesian language.

In presenting the awards, the Charge d’ Affaires of the Indonesian Embassy in Port Moresby, Mr R P Pritito Soeharyo, said his Government was pleased to extend its technical and assistance programme to Solomon Islands. He added that the assistance programme would enable the two Solomon Islanders to learn and interact with other students in Indonesia and all over the world to share their experiences in their respective professions.

In receiving the awards, Solomon Islands High Commission to Papua New Guinea, Mr Bernard Bata’anisia, thanked the Government of the Republic of Indonesia for its support and for the assistance programme. He added that the programme would go a long away in meeting the education and manpower requirements of the country.

The two students left Port Moresby for Indonesia on Tuesday this week and will spend a year in Indonesia.

Source: Government Communications Unit

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