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Media Releases, 22 March 2016

New scholarships to benefit students in PNG LNG Provinces

Students in the PNG LNG Project areas in Papua New Guinea will benefit from new scholarships provided by ExxonMobil PNG and the Australian Government through the Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships program.

The Australia Awards - PNG LNG Scholarships will help to address the rural workforce gap in PNG LNG Project areas and encourage students to complete tertiary studies in the fields of health and education.

Scholarships in health and education are being offered in select institutions in Papua New Guinea with successful applicants receiving full tuition fees, airfares and living allowances.

Information on the scholarship will be available via the Australia Awards PNG LNG Scholarship link from Selection of awardees is merit-based with consideration for academic performance and the capacity of applicants to contribute to their communities.

ExxonMobil PNG managing director Andrew Barry said the scholarships are focused on students living in rural and remote areas in the provinces where PNG LNG has its operations.

"The aim of this program is to continue to build the foundation for a highly competent and capable, professional Papua New Guinea workforce.

"We are pleased to partner with the Australian Government to offer a scholarship program which encourages academic excellence," said Mr Barry.

Mr Barry said ExxonMobil PNGs education program aims to provide future generations with career opportunities beyond the PNG LNG Project.

Acting Australian High Commissioner Ms Bronte Moules said that the Australian Government has supported scholarship programs in Papua New Guinea for more than 40 years.

"Education is one of the key pillars of assistance to a Papua New Guinean economy in transition. As the labour market expands in Papua New Guinea, continued investment in a skilled and technically qualified workforce is important to ensure Papua New Guinea makes the most of opportunities to achieve real and sustained change," said Ms Moules.

The Australian Government is pleased to collaborate with private sector partners in innovative ways in the education sector in Papua New Guinea.