PNG STUDENTS WIN AUSTRALIAN ACADEMIC AWARDS

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Queensland University of Technology duo receive work placements

By Kila Nao PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Jan. 4, 2011) – In Papua New Guinea (PNG), two long-time friends and students of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to have been awarded the prestigious Prime Minister’s Pacific Award (PMPA).

Parulu Kwarara and Railako Boro received the awards after they had excelled in their respective areas of study and have gone back to QUT to expand their knowledge.

The awards offer practical work placements to the best and brightest recipients of the Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) and the Australian Leadership Awards (ALA). The PMPA Awards are an Australian government initiative that started early last year, and are intended to supplement existing post-graduate awardees on the ADS and ALAS programs from the Pacific region, including PNG and East Timor.

Studying for a masters degree in project management, Boro said he was very proud to receive the award and was grateful to be able to share the honor with close friend Parulu, whom he first met when they studying together at the PNG University of Technology more than 18 years ago.

"This is a wonderful recognition for the hard work we have put to our studies in 2010. It was by chance that we both chose Queensland University of Technology to further our studies and it has allowed our families to spend time together and create strong and supportive environment during our studies" said Boro.

As part of the Prime Minister’s Pacific Awards, both Boro and Kwarara will undertake a three month work placement in an Australian organization to put the academic skills into practice.

Being an architect in Papua New Guinea, Kwarara said he has developed an interest in transportation infrastructure management.

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