Eight undergraduate students from Australia’s Bond University are in the country to undertake research placements in Kirakira, Makira Province.
The month-long placement is funded by the Australian Government under the New Colombo Plan to increase the number of young Australian undergraduates studying and undertaking internships in the Indo-Pacific region.
Australian High Commissioner Andrew Byrne told the group, it is great to see much interest from Australian students in this new initiative, particularly in Solomon Islands, the closest neighbour.
Mr Byrne said the experience will provide students a unique insight into the development challenges faced by Solomon Islanders.
It is expected that up to one hundred students will have the opportunity to complete similar placements in Kirakira over the coming 18 months as part of the initiative.
Students will complete a range of projects during their time in-country depending on their area of expertise – from undertaking work assignments at Kirakira hospital.