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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Solomon graduates from PNG in high demand at home compared to other Pacific institutions: Bata'anisia

Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea Benard Bata'anisia yesterday revealed a startling statement saying Solomon graduates from various tertiary institutions in PNG are in high demand in Solomon Islands compared to those who graduated from other institutions throughout the Pacific.

“The Solomon Islanders who have graduated from PNG are always being given first priority for employment in the private and public institutions compared to other Solomon Islanders, who had graduated from other institutions in the Pacific. They receive excellent education here,” he said.

Mr Bata’anisia said 200 students would be studying in various PNG institutions this year.

“The ones under Solomon Islands government scholarship will benefit from a bilateral agreement, with the PNG Government. Under the agreement a total of 3 million kina has been given by the PNG Government for Solomon Island students for their tuition fees and allowances while studying in institutions in PNG.”

Mr Bata’anisia said PNG Government’s assistance was part of the commitment made by the two governments in 1998 for PNG to provide development assistance to Solomon Islands.

Source: PNG National

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