PAPUADAILY –The Papua Provincial Government sent 24 of the best students to continue their higher education in the United States at the University of Rhode Island (URI), Johnson and Wales University and Highline College.
“22 indigenous Papuan students will attend lectures at three universities located in the state of Rhode Island, United States of America, namely URI, Johnson and Wales University and Highline College for the 1st degree. While 2 postgraduates, “explained the Head of the Human Resources Development Agency (BPSDM) Papua Province, Aryoko AF Rumaropen.
The 24 students are recipients of the Papua Superior Student Program scholarships funded by the Papua Special Autonomy. Before leaving, they had attended training at the Papua Language Institute (PLI) Jayapura in partnership with Indonesia Education Partnerships.
Aryoko revealed that the Papua Provincial Government continues to strive to develop Papuan Human Resources (HR). This is realized by facilitating the best Papuan students to study at universities at home and abroad in America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
Director of PLI Papua, Samuel Tabuni said he was proud and appreciated the Papua Provincial Government for collaborating with PLI and Indonesia Education Partnerships, as well as other educational institutions in fostering and preparing OAP students to study abroad.
Samuel said, the 22 students who will go to and study in Rhode Island, America, have undergone training and preparation for two years in Jayapura. They are given special coaching, such as mastery of English and academic improvement as well as science, especially mathematics, basic physics and chemistry.
“They are also trained to build character or character building. We hope that with this coaching, OAP students can adapt in America to the culture there and be able to complete their studies on time so they can return to their homeland to build Indonesia and Papua,” he explained.
Meanwhile, URI’s Director of Education and Partnerships for Asia, Brook Ross, said that Papuan children sent to America to study there have tremendous potential and take much-needed study programs. So that they will be able to build Papua and Indonesia in the future.