New Zealand High Commission Honiara, Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands scholars celebrated

It is that time of year again when new scholarship awardees around Solomon Islands prepare to depart to pursue higher studies abroad. To celebrate the 33 students who will be awarded New Zealand scholarships in 2011, and 12 successful graduates just returning to Solomon Islands, the New Zealand High Commissioner Mark Ramsden hosted a reception on 20 January.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, the New Zealand High Commissioner, and members of the National Training Council congratulated 23 Solomon Islands students who are headed to study in New Zealand. The students also received advice and words of support from returned successful graduates.

Mark Ramsden encouraged the awardees to make the most of every opportunity, to aim for excellence in their studies and to bring back skills and knowledge to contribute to strengthening Solomon Islands.

“Solomon Islanders have a lot to offer to their country and to the region. Receiving a scholarship is a privileged opportunity and it is expected that each of you will make important contributions to the social and economic development of Solomon Islands when you return from studies”.

New Zealand’s support for tertiary study overseas complements its partnership programme with Solomon Islands government to strengthen the national education system and achieve quality basic education for all. A further eight scholarships to regional institutions are expected to be announced within the coming fortnight.

Of the 33 students selected in 2011, 23 will study in New Zealand, 8 in Fiji and 2 in Papua New Guinea. These new students will join the 24 students continuing their studies in New Zealand and in regional institutions. During 2011, the New Zealand Government will also fund short-term technical training courses in New Zealand for Solomon Islanders.

Information regarding 2012 scholarships and training opportunities will be advertised in March and April 2011. Anyone interested in applying for a 2012 scholarship or a 2012 Short Term Training Award should contact the New Zealand High Commission or the National Training Unit in Honiara for more information.

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