THE Sime Darby Foundation is offering 25 scholarships for students to pursue university courses here and in Malaysia.
Foundation governing council member and chief executive officer Tan Sri Seri Mohammed Bakke Salleh said the foundation was awarding scholarship worth K1.389 million (US$0.5 million) annually to PNG students.
The foundation also known as Yayasan Sime Darby is a philanthropic arm of the Sime Darby Group.
The 25 scholarships will include five to outstanding students at the University of Technology to pursue undergraduate study at universities in Malaysia for four years in the fields of mechanical or electrical engineering.
Another 10 scholarships will be awarded to PNG students to pursue undergraduate and diploma studies at universities including the University of Natural Resources and Environment, Unitech, University of PNG and Divine Word University in the fields of agriculture, engineering and human resources.
The remaining 10 scholarships will be offered to individuals who are keen to or are at present technical vocational studies at recognised national technical colleges in PNG.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has welcomed the foundation’s gesture.
“Education is a key development pillar in PNG therefore the Sime Darby Scholarships Programme is welcomed by the government and we will do our best to support this initiative in years to come,” he said.
The full scholarship programme will cover tuition fees, living expenses and books.