Australia Awards Papua New Guinea-Pre-departure Training
Australia Awards PNG offers approximately 90 merit-based scholarships for primarily Masters level study in Australia each year. Recognizing that awardees hail from a variety of backgrounds and professional experiences AAPNG provides ‘Pre-Departure Training’ to support awardees in their preparation for living and studying in Australia.
In 2019, Square Circle was sub-contracted by The University of Queensland to design and lead the AAPNG three-week Pre-departure Training. Our program covered four core themes: Scholarship, Academic, Social, and Gender Equity and Social Inclusion. These learning themes were developed through a wide-ranging set of activities and tailored materials to foster an environment conducive to ‘learning as equals’, where critical reflection and the exchange of ideas, aspirations, and concerns across a diverse cohort became the norm. Through these learning activities, Awardees gained confidence and developed the skills and capacities necessary to succeed, not just in their academic pursuits, but also within the social and cultural fabric of Australia.