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A delegation of four people from the University of Papua (UNIPA) in Manokwari, West Papua, visited Auckland University of Technology for the first ever such visit to New Zealand.

AUT University’s Centre for International Relations and Development hosted this delegation to discuss the possibility of students from West Papua attending AUT undergraduate programmes under the Affirmative Scholarship Programme.   

The delegation was Sukristiningsih Sukarno (head of UNIPA’s international office),  Linda Ernawati Lindongi (West Papua Affirmative Scholarship team member),  Yohanes Sriyadi Budiyanto (UNIPA’s vice-rector for external affairs) and Theresia Tan (West Papua Affirmative Scholarship team member).

They were escorted by AUT’s international liason manager for CIRD, Cushla Managh, and Marcel Fletcher (international marketing manager for South-East Asia).

The UNIPA delegation met key AUT staff, including the head of Pacific Advancement Walter Fraser, and areas of compatibility were discussed for possible research collaboration.

After taking a university tour, the delegation was impressed with AUT city campus facilities, in particular, and the labs, computer access and study spaces for students.

Among highlights
One of the highlights of the tour was a visit of the Pacific Media Centre and being introduced to its flagship news and current affairs website Asia Pacific Report on a large plasma screen.

Ironically, the West Papua region was among the front page news headlines on the website at the time.

The delegation met PMC director Professor David Robie, Pacific Media Watch editor TJ Aumua and Pacific Journalism Review research journal designer Del Abcede.

The UNIPA team only visited two New Zealand universities. They also visited Lincoln University to consider agricultural programmes.

The UNIPA delegation meets Pacific Media Centre staff and volunteers at AUT. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

The University of Papua delegation (from left): Sukristiningsih Sukarno (head of the International Office), Linda Ernawati Lindongi (West Papua Affirmative Scholarship team member), Yohanes Sriyadi Budiyanto (vice-rector for external affairs), and Theresia Tan (West Papua Affirmative Scholarship team member). Image: Del Abcede/PMC
Friday, May 20, 2016

Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.