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Business School student wins prestigious Prime Ministers Pacific-Australia Award

22 Dec 2011

In recognition of her excellent academic achievement, contribution to the community and highly promising leadership potential, University of Sydney Business School Master of Commerce student, Buriata Tofinga, has been awarded the 2011 Prime Minister's Pacific-Australia Award at Parliament House in Canberra.

Buriata is studying a Master of Commerce at the Business School on an Australian Leadership Award Scholarship. The prestigious Prime Minister's Pacific- Australia Award is valued at $25,000 and will allow Buriata, who is majoring in strategy and innovation, to undertake a relevant work placement in conjunction with leadership training following the completion of her studies in mid-2012.

Along with her postgraduate studies, Buriata is currently completing an internship at the Pacific Islands Trade and Invest Office and has built valuable team consultancy skills and knowledge as a member of the Business School society, 180 Degrees Consulting. She aspires to return to Kiribati resourceful, knowledgeable and with extensive practical experience to assist government and industry stakeholders address pressing issues.

Buriata said: "The PMPA award will allow me to capitalize on my existing experience together with the knowledge and skills gained from my studies. This award is a chance for me to build and expand my network in the Australian business and industry community, a chance to effectively incorporate the advanced business principles, theories and applications to case studies I have learnt at the Business School into the reality setting."

The award is offered to high achieving AusAID scholarship recipients of the Australian Development Scholarships and Australian Leadership Awards from the Pacific, Papua New Guinea and East Timor. The award aims to strengthen the enduring educational and professional linkages between Australia and the Pacific, providing high calibre students with an opportunity to gain valuable insights into an Australian organisation and to equip students with necessary skills to support business organisation in their home country.

Buriata is confident that the opportunity to enhance her practical and professional experience will greatly benefit her country: "I am very honoured to receive the PMPA award. It is not an award for myself but also for my home Country, Kiribati. The award will further my motivations to maximise educational opportunities and become more effective and innovative in addressing challenging business development and growth issues faced in Kiribati and across the Pacific region."

Acting Dean of the University of Sydney Business School, Professor Tyrone Carlin said: "I congratulate Buriata on this significant achievement. She exemplifies the outstanding leadership qualities emphasised at the Business School and I am confident that the award will provide Buriata with invaluable opportunities for further development."