PALAU URGES FORUM TO INCLUDE NORTH PACIFIC SCHOOLS IN TAIWAN SCHOLARSHIP

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By Bernadette H. Carreon

KOROR, Palau (September 4, 2002 - Palau Horizon/PINA Nius Online)---Palau has asked the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat to include North Pacific as well as South Pacific educational institutions within the scholarship grant program funded by Taiwan.

Palau Community College, the University of Guam and the University of Hawai‘i should also be educational institutions at which students can study, Palau suggested.

Minister of State Temmy Shmull said beneficiaries of the scholarships currently go mainly to either the University of South Pacific in Fiji or the University of Papua New Guinea.

Their educational systems are patterned after the British system while Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands follow the American system.

Shmull said more education institutions should be made eligible as participating schools.

The Taiwan government has provided US$ 1.2 million in support of the scholarship fund.

And during the post-Forum dialogue discussions recently held in Fiji, Taiwan agreed to commit an additional US$ 500,000, Shmull said.

He also said Palau scholars may find it difficult to go to islands with peace and order problems, making it more appropriate for local scholars to go to Guam or Hawai‘i.

The Forum Secretariat has said it will consider Palau’s request, he said.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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