After a long tiresome trip from Czech Republic, finally the 10 students with their professor Jan Leps arrived in Madang. They came for the bi-annual International Tropical Ecology Course that runs for a month at the Wanang Conservation Area. They joined 10 Papua New Guinea students, selected from various institutions including NGOs, universities, government departments and a mining sector. They will spend several weeks developing and working on small research projects. They will analyze, do write -up and have final presentations with a certificate at the end. They will work in groups of 2-3 people with a mixture of PNG and European students including local assistants.
BRC accepted two more students for their undergraduate training. Mr Martin Tawayenna from University of Natural Resource and Environment (UNRE) and Mr Don Gabriel from the University of Goroka (UOG). Martin will be studying diversity of draggonflies at lowland rainforest and will be attached to BRC for 6 months. This project will contribute to his 2nd semester course credits. Mr Gabriel will spend 6 weeks as industrial training. They both will write final reports of their experience and projects at the end of their stay.
Congratulations Naomi Ngala for being accepted at BRC for your semester course. Miss Ngala is a final year student at the University of Natural Resource and Environment. She will be with BRC for another 6 months. She will first learn and familiarize with equipments and existing research projects at BRC. Later during her stay she will come up with a project and work on it. Finally she hopes to complete it on time and probably go for holiday. Already she is adjusting well and working. "I'm really excited to be given this opportunit at BRC and already can't wait to finish my project" says Naomi.