PROFESSIONAL development and training is very important to tertiary institutions in Papua New Guinea. It supports professionals in acquiring new knowledge and expanding their existing knowledge base and skills so they can perform their jobs effectively.
The University of Goroka is to be praised for its staff development program. Through the leadership of vice-chancellor Dr Gairo Onagi (seen with me in this photo), who is also the chairman of the Staff Development Committee, the university has endorsed many employees to acquire advance postgraduate training overseas through international aid programs offered by Australia and New Zealand.
I have been away on study leave overseas through the staff development program for the last three years after I obtained an AusAID scholarship in 2010 to complete a PhD in Creative Industry at Queensland University for Technology.