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Education, training among government’s top goals

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Times, Jan. 5, 2009) -Government plans to increase the number of its students doing studies in Papua New Guinea institutions from this year, with Unitech expected to again host the largest numbers.

Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Bernard Bata'anisia, said this during a day's visit to the Taraka campus recently.

He said the Solomon Islands Government had placed education and manpower training as a key priority, and was looking to increase the number of students it provided with scholarships to study in PNG institutions.

He said development of the agricultural sector was vital and as such, the Government was looking at sending students to the Vudal University in East New Britain for the first time from next year.

Science and technology, engineering, business and commerce and computing were also priorities of his Government, and Unitech would see an increase in the number of Solomon Islands students from next year.

Mr. Bata'anisia said the quotas for the other universities are also expected to increase.

Unitech is host to the largest number of Solomon Islands students last year, with 74 being sponsored by their Government and another five sponsored by AusAID and other donor agencies.

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