Former Selwyn student begins new academic journey

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Jean, Wilhemina and Peter begin their studies at University of Adelaide this year.

A FORMER Selwyn College student is now ready to begin a new chapter in his academic journey at the University of Adelaide in South Australia.

The experience would be a totally new adventure for 20-year-old Peter Wayne English Iroga, a former head boy and school captain of Selwyn College.

He will begin his Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences at the North Terrace Campus of the University of Adelaide as the second semester academic year begins today.

Iroga was also a Senior Prefect of the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) School last year when completing his form seven studies.

He was among hundreds of applicants for the prestigious Australian Awards Scholarships (AAS) and was finally selected as one of the 42 recipients.

Iroga finally got his admission at University of Adelaide and arrived in the South Australian capital city in June 2018.

He has since completed the Introductory Academic Programme (IAP) – a requirement for all AAS students in the last five weeks and already enrolled for his first semester university courses.

“I’m looking forward to begin my studies here in Adelaide and I’m grateful to be selected for this prestigious scholarship,” he said.

New students attend the O’Week at the University of Adelaide last week.

He joins two other young Solomon Islands AAS recipients Jean Uwesi and Wilhemina Utukana who will also begin their law degrees at the University of Adelaide this year.

Iroga’s admission to the University of Adelaide this semester increases the number of Solomon Islanders currently studying under AAS at the university to five. The others are engineering undergraduate student Ishmael Iro and Priestley Habru who began his masters’ degree this year.

The University of Adelaide is a member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities and ranked in the top 10 universities in Australia.

Some prominent alumni of the University of Adelaide are Julia Gillard who became the first female Prime Minster of Australia, Julie Bishop, current foreign affairs minister of Australia and Penny Wong, Labour Senator for South Australia in the Australian National Parliament.

Adelaide is the fifth largest city in Australia and is home to University of Adelaide (UniAdelaide), Flinders University (Flinders), University of South Australia (UniSA) and hosts of other vocational education providers.

Meanwhile Eddie Osifelo is another Australian Award scholar in his final year of master’s degree at Flinders University in Adelaide with another AAS recipient expected to begin her studies at the same university this month.

Another Solomon Islander studying at the University of South Australia in Adelaide funded by his employer is Glen Buka who began his masters’ degree at the Mawson Lake Campus of UniSA this year.

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