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PAPE'ETE,Tahiti (Oceania Flash) - Four French Polynesian students will study in Australia next year, thanks to a scholarship from the Australian government, the local government said.

The four will undertake studies in Australian educational institutions, from June next year, in the fields of management, marketing, business, multimedia, aquaculture and travel and tourism industry. However, in the first six months of their Australian stay, they are also to undergo intensive English, followed by two years in their respective institutions.

"These professional projects are expected to contribute to the economic development of French Polynesia", territorial education minister's technical advisor Guy Mandelert said.

The scholarships were handed over to the four by New Caledonia-based Australia's Vice-Consul-General for the French Pacific territories, Tara Leaney.

Australia's vocational scholarship program for young French Polynesians has been in existence for the past ten years, the local government pointed out. The program mainly aims at developing existing skills with young professionals.

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