Paul RanuAssociate Degree in Biotechnology (2008)

If anyone could endorse the benefits of being awarded a study scholarship, it’s certainly Paul Ranu.

Originally from Papua New Guinea, Paul came to Box Hill to study the Associate Degree in Biotechnology, a qualification he successfully completed in 2008.

Highly recommended and supported by his long-term employer, the University of Papua New Guinea, Paul applied to study through an AusAID Scholarship.

As one of seven children, Paul speaks highly of his family and their influence on his academic endeavours. “My father was a primary teacher who always encouraged us to aim high in terms of our education,” said Paul.

With an interest in science from a young age, it was his marks in school which set him on a course to study in the scientific field.

He left high school at Year 10 to undertake a laboratory assistant course at the Lae Technical College, which is one of the largest technical colleges in the country. On the completion of the course, he was then employed by the University of Papua New Guinea as a Laboratory Technician.

Paul then went on to complete further training with the support of the University, including a Certificate of Higher Education technical course in 1993. He also completed a Diploma level course, which included studies in Chemistry, Biology and Physics in 2001.

In 2007, Paul undertook his next level of training at Box Hill Institute. “I really liked Australia. Not only did I learn a lot from my studies, but it was interesting to be able to see the differences between the lives of Papuan New Guineans and Australians,” said Paul.