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12/12/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/12/2018 01:41

PNG and Peruvian culture on show at CQUniversity

PNG and Peruvian culture on show at CQUniversity

PNG and Peruvian culture on show at CQUniversity

Published:12 December 2018

PNG students studying a Certificate IV in Business showcased their culture at a 'Pacific Bung' event at the Rockhampton City Campus on 11 December.

A group of Papua New Guinea and Peruvian young men and women shared the spirit of their culture with CQUniversity staff and students as part their end-of-year celebrations this week.

The event, known as a 'Pacific Bung' in PNG, aims to bring together various cultures for discussion, food and friendship.

The PNG students have been studying a Certificate IV in Business at CQUniversity's Rockhampton City Campus for the past six months and organised the Pacific Bung as part of their studies. Their training is funded by the PNG Government.

There were displays of musical instruments, coconut husking and basket weaving and of course, national cuisine.

Flavier Bialik said she was very happy with the training she has been receiving over the past six months.

'The tutors have been very helpful and we were all excited to be able to showcase our culture to the campus,' she said.

Fellow student Hubert Takemanu said he was eager to take back what he had learned to his village.

'The course has been really interesting, especially learning how to use spreadsheets,' he said.

The Rockhampton Girls Grammar School hosts some of the students and International Liaison Officer Sauni Ogomeni attended the event to see how the students had been developing.

'Words cannot describe how good it is for CQUni to open its doors to these students and to make up this program to meet the needs of the students and the PNG Government,' she said.

Three of the students will complete their Certificate IV in Business on 21 December 2018 before commencing higher education studies in Engineering and Business in Term 1 2019. The rest of this group of students will complete their studies in June 2019.