The Papua New Guinea Australia Alumni Association (PNGAAA) is a group set up to provide support to Papua New Guineans who have studied in Australia or with Australian government support in PNG. It is a network designed to keep alumni connected with each other and with Australian institutions and people.
According to its website it has a membership of over 5,000 people and local chapters established in eleven provinces: the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARoB), Eastern Highlands (Goroka), East New Britain (Kokopo), Enga (Wabag), Madang, Manus (Lorengau), Milne Bay (Alotau), Morobe (Lae), National Capital District (Port Moresby), East Sepik (Wewak) and Western Highlands (Mt. Hagen).
Recently I got to meet the Manus Chapter President of the PNG Australia Alumni Association, Ms. Ruth Sokolou Selou. I am a member of this Association and have been with the Madang Chapter but now I am in Manus so it was good to connect to the local chapter. Ms. Selou runs her own marketing consultancy firm – Rin Consultancy – and is also an agent of National Finance in Manus. Her office in Lorengau provides a desk space and Wi-Fi services for Alumni members.
If you are PNGAAA member and are in Lorengau, drop in and say hello. For the local residents in Lorengau, who are members, if you want to know more about Australia Awards Scholarships, both long term (i.e. Masters, PhD) and short term (i.e. postgraduate certificates) or even apply for small grants to do community projects, then you can go visit her.
PNGAAA memberships cost K75 and is now open for payment up till March 2022 for those considering to pay for this upcoming year’s membership. Members have access to numerous professional development programs and an alumni grants scheme ranging with monetary grants from K4,000 to K30,000. You can check their website to learn more about this.