Three Tongan students have been chosen for this year’s Pacific Cooperation Foundation scholarship.

They are Maria Mafi, who is studying a Masters of Professional Accounting at Victoria University; Taiala Fulivai, who is studying a Bachelor Commerce (Accounting and Finance) at Victoria University and Salote Faupula, who is studying a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Management) at the University of Otago.

They are among 24 students chosen from 60 applicants for the 2017-18 programme.

PCF Programme Development Manager Leaupepe Taala Ralph Elika said the students would spend 10 weeks with host agencies.

“We hope the professional skills and practical experience will help them find employment in their home country,” Elika said.

As part of the criteria of MFAT’s NZ Scholarships, scholars are bonded to their home country for two years following the completion of their degree.

Elika said the scholarships helped the host organisations form relationships with the Pacific.

The Summer Internship commences on November 20, 2017 and concludes February 16, 2018.

Of the other inters, one is from Fiji, five from the Solomon Islands, four from PNG, six from Samoa, two from Vanuatu and three from Timor Leste.

The main points

  • Three Tongan students have been chosen for this year’s Pacific Cooperation Foundation scholarship.
  • They are Maria Mafi and Taiala Fulivai (both at Victoria University) and Salote Faupula, (University of Otago.)

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