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Australia Awards Scholarship recipient encourages women from the Pacific in IWM

Pauline Komolong from Papua New Guinea, recipient of an Australia Awards Scholarship to study the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management, encourages more females from the Pacific region to study the program and contribute to managing the region's water resources sustainably

Pauline is a Civil Engineer who has worked and specialised in WASH in the remote communities in PNG. She is now Project Coordinator for the Kiribati Water and Sanitation Project Phase 2, working for SPC with the Ministry for Public Works and Utilities in Kiribati and managing the EU project for the outer islands in Kiribati.

"In PNG where I come from, engineering is a male dominated field," she said. "That was why I decided to become an engineer, with motivation from my dad."

"I became interested in WASH soon after I completed my bachelor’s degree. Rural villages in PNG lack reliable, safe water and sanitation. This has resulted in high diarrhoeal rates in the country, and it particularly affects girls' education as they tend to be the water bearers, who walk miles to fetch water for the family.

Pauline Komolong"It was a dream come true when I applied for an Australia Awards Scholarship in 2012 to allow me to study the MIWM and was awarded one in 2013.

"For anyone thinking of applying for an Australia Awards Scholarship and enrolling in the MIWM, I'd like to say that the MIWM is not an engineering course. It's made up of students from all kinds of water-related professions from all over the world. You'll gain a lot from the course, and gain from sharing knowledge and experience with the class.

I would also really encourage more females from the Pacific region to take up this amazing course. Water is life and we need to manage our water resources sustainably. 

It's worth the 18 months of study to do it full-time. The dedicated IWC staff made me feel part of a family, and added the spice to make the course extra enjoyable. And time flies when you're having fun!"

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