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Sime Darby Foundation commences scholarships in Papua New Guinea with USD500,000 allocation

25 scholarships being offered for tertiary studies in Papua New Guinea and Malaysia.

In March this year, Sime Darby Plantation completed the acquisition of New Britain Palm Oil Limited (NBPOL) which has operations in PNG.

The Sime Darby Foundation (SDF) or Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) is commencing its international scholarship programme in Papua New Guinea (PNG), offering promising students the chance to pursue tertiary education locally and in Malaysia this year.

The foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of the Sime Darby Group, will award scholarships worth USD500,000 annually to PNG students as part of Sime Darby’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative in countries where Sime Darby operates.

The 25 scholarships offered this year will include five scholarships to outstanding freshmen at Papua New Guinea University of Technology (UNITECH) to pursue undergraduate studies at top 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 selected universities including University of Natural Resources and Environment (UNRE), UNITECH, University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) 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 currently pursuing technical vocational studies at recognised national technical colleges in PNG.

Applications are open from the 1st until 31st October. Application forms can be obtained from all NBPOL HR offices, respective universities, or by emailing simedarby.scholarships@nbpol.com.pg