2020 Young Pacific Leaders Conference Now Accepting Applications | APPLY NOW

The application for the Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) Conference in Papua New Guinea in April is now open. 

2020 Young Pacific Leaders Conference | Apply NOW

The seventh YPL conference aims to enhance leadership skills and regional knowledge of young Pacific Islanders ages 25 - 35 years.

The YPL Conference will include
  • informational sessions, 
  • skills workshops, 
  • cultural activities, 
  • and site visits
All aim to deepen participants’ capacity to address regional issues related to YPL’s four programmatic themes: 
  • Education; 
  • Environment and Resource Management; 
  • Civic Leadership; and 
  • Economic and Social Development.
Applicants will be selected from across 
  • the independent Pacific states, 
  • Australia, 
  • New Zealand, 
  • Papua New Guinea, 
  • Pacific French Territories, and 
  • the American-affiliated Pacific (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Hawaii). 
Outstanding alumni of previous conferences are also invited to apply to participate in the 2020 YPL Conference as alumni mentors.

 All applications are due by February 3, 2020 and can be completed online.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Cultural Vistas at YPL@culturalvistas.org for any questions about the conference, or to request a fillable PDF version of the application if needed. 

Participants will be required to attend the full conference program (April 21 – 24, 2020, not including travel days). 

All travel, lodging and meals will be provided to selected participants and alumni.

At the conclusion of the YPL Conference, all YPL alumni will be eligible to compete for small grant funding to support projects in their countries and the region. 

In addition, conference participants and the larger YPL community will participate in YPL LEADS throughout the month of May, a month-long event highlighting the YPL program through service-related activities in their communities.

Source: adapted from https://fj.usembassy.gov

Rugby League World Cup Draw 2021: PNG, Tonga, Wales and Cook Islands

The Rugby League World Cup Draw for 2021 as seen PNG pooled against Tonga, Wales Cook Islands. The draw took place at Buckingham Palace was witnessed by the Rugby Football League patron Prince Harry. 

2021 Rugby League World Cup Schedule
IMAGE: Twitter/@RLWC2021

  • Dates: 23 October to 27 November 2021
  • Host country: England 
  • Venues: 17 cities across England including Newcastle, Leeds with the final games at Old Trafford, Manchester, on 27 November 2021.
  • Rugby League World Cup Draw 2021 (Men and Women see below)

In the men's pool, the Cook Islands Rugby League team is the underdog in Group D. Papua New Guinea Kumul are drawn against Wales and Tonga who are the competitive teams in the international rugby league competitions.

It is not going to be easy for PNG Kumuls in this Pool D. 

Many rugby league commentators are behind the 1995 and 2000 semi-finalists Wales in the PNG pool games. However, Tonga has featured strongly against the rugby league giants Australia and New Zeland in recent games. 

The Pool D games are going to be as tough as it comes.

Men's Rugby League World Cup Draw draw

  • Group A: Samoa, England,  France, Greece
  • Group B: Fiji, Australia,  Scotland, Italy
  • Group C: Jamaica, New Zealand, Lebanon, Ireland
  • Group D: Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Wales, Cook Islands

Women's Rugby League World Cup Draw draw

  • Group A:  Papua New Guinea, England, Canada, Brazil
  • Group B: Cook Island, Australia, New Zealand, France

Rugby League World Cup 2021 News and update links

Twitter: @RLWC2021

Chinese Government Scholarships for PNG Students 2020/2021

In accordance with the MOU on Educational Cooperation between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea. The Chinese Government will provide twenty-two (22) full scholarships for Bachelor’s Degree and three (3) full scholarships for Master’s degree for PNG Students to study in China for the academic year 2020/2021.

2020 study in china PNG Scholarship

Qualification Requirement:

Applicants for postgraduate must be:
  • Be PNG Citizen and in good health
  • Be under the age of 35 with a Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Complete 3-5 years’ work experience

Applicants for graduate/undergraduate program must be:
  • PNG Citizen & in good health
  • Be under the age of 25 with a Grade Twelve (12) Higher School Certificate with good academic performance of 2.5 GPA or above.

Main Requirements:

Applicants are required to submit x2 Certified Photocopies of relevant application documents listed below:
  • Printed Online Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship after the online application
  • Higher School Certificates (Grade 10 & 12 with internal transcripts)
  • Academic transcripts & Certificate (Undergraduate Degree with transcripts)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Detailed Study Plan; 500 words for undergraduate and 800 plus for masters
  • Two recommendation Letters from previous schools
  • A Character Reference Letter from a Parish Priest/Pastor/Church Elder (with valid contact number)
  • X4 passport size photos
  • Birth Certificate, NID card
  • Police Clearance Certificate
  • Current/Valid contact information of Parent/Guardian (separate sheet)
  • Applicants planning to stay in China for more than 6 months must submit a photocopy of the Foreigner Physical Examination Form completed in English

Priority field of study:

The priority areas of study include; sciences, technology, agriculture, medicine, economics, management, education, history, liberal arts and philosophy.

Specific Instruction to Apply:

For more information regarding the scholarships, requirements and instructions to apply online, visit; http://www.csc.edu.cn/studyinchina.

To apply online visit the following links: www.csc.edu.cn/laihua or www.campuschina.org 

Click ‘Scholarship Application Online for International Students’. The ‘Program Category’ is: Type A and the ‘Agency Number’ is: 5981

You can also visit DHERST website; www.dherst. gov.pg to download Instructions of the Chinese Scholarship Online Application Information System to guide you.

Completed Online Application Forms must be downloaded and printed out in two copies(x2) including all required documents listed above be sent to:
Department of Higher Education, Research Science & Technology,
Ground Floor, Aopi Centre,
Waigani Drive,
P.O. Box 5117, BOROKO, NCD.
Attention: Manager - Overseas Scholarship

Application Deadline:

The applications should reach the office no later than Friday, 31st of JANUARY, 2020. All applicants must apply online and submit two hard copies of the application form. 

Failure to apply online will automatically disqualify your application. Faxed applications will not be accepted.

Please take note that:
  • The Under-Graduate program is a FULL Chinese Language study program;
  • The Foreigner Physical Examination Form will only be completed by the short-listed candidates only and;
  • If you do not receive any response from DHERST or the Chinese Embassy in PNG after the 21st of FEBRUARY, 2020 then please consider your application as being unsuccessful.

For further information, please contact the following telephone numbers: 3012006/2012039 or email: chinese@dherst.gov.pg or visit the website; www.dherst.gov.pg

Higher Education Tuitions Assistance Schemes TESAS and HELP will run simultaneously

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape says the Government has not scrapped the Higher Education Contribution Assistance Scheme (HECAS) and Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES) in favour of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP).

help loan and tesas (hecas and aes) remain PNG

He said this today when clarifying misconceptions among students and institutions that HECAS and AES had been done away with.

 “HELP is a facility made available by Marape-Steven Government for students who will need help for their tuition fees this year and beyond,” Prime Minister Marape said.

“AES students will continue to receive this Government incentive, but there are still many students who remain outside of formal Government assistance, for whom HELP is intended.
“Students who need assistance are required to present their acceptance letters at registration.

“School registrars will facilitate their enrolment with tuition fee guaranteed from the HELP scheme. 

“This is not compulsory, but for students who need a helping hand.”

Prime Minister Marape also clarified repayment time for the HELP.

“This loan scheme will not be burdensome on present student borrowers,” he said.

“It will have no time limit for repayment, is interest-free and you can take your life-time to repay. 

“It is structured in a way to give assistance but, has citizen responsibility towards repaying.
“Into the future, a correct endowment fund structure will be set up to ensure sustainability for future generations. 

“We also thinking of linking 7 per cent of National Gaming Board funds into this scheme for student assistance. 

“During the course of the academic year, working together with Census 2020, proper National Identification (NID) numbers of students will be issued.

“We will entrench this scheme for 2020 and beyond.”

Next Tuesday, Prime Minister Marape and Higher Education Minister Hon. Nick Kuman will meet all universities and college administrators to tidy up on this facility, as well as 2020 school programmes, so there are no hiccups.

“Government will work with the schools to ensure timely quarterly disbursements to schools, starting at the opening of the academic year 2020,” Prime Minister Marape said.

“I am adamant that this must happen.

“Where there is a will, there is a way.

“The rich and employed can afford school fees for their children, but what about those who can’t afford?

“This policy is for them.”

Approved for Release.  January 13th 2020

Source: Facebook, PM & NEC page, 14/01/2020