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REW supports Thai government employees

Senior Regional Manager - Asia Pacific, Grant Taylor with scholarship recipient Atinun Phannarai (centre), Lina Cucinotta (second from right) and the host family. 

RMIT English Worldwide (REW) offers a scholarship each year to an employee of Thailand’s Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary (OHMPPS). 
2015 marks the fifth year of the program, with the scholarship awarded to Ms Atinun Phannarai.  
Ms Phannarai received 10 weeks of English study at REW Melbourne, as well as homestay accommodation with a local family.
The scholarship is awarded after a two stage selection process at the OHMPPS. Employees complete a written essay and then attend a panel interview with senior executives of the OHMPPS and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

REW Program Executive - Tailored English, Lina Cucinotta said that the scholarship is a sought after program amongst OHMPPS employees and each year the selection becomes more difficult.

“We thank the First Secretary, Ms Tomiko Roberts and the team at the Australian Embassy in Bangkok for their operational assistance in getting our scholarship students to Melbourne,” she said. 

“Our homestay hosts, Mal and Nok Abrahamsen, have hosted each of our five scholarship recipients and continue to stay in touch with them.” 

The OHMPPS scholarship program began in 2011 with the help of the then Australian ambassador to Thailand, James Wise.
Professional development institutions were appointed by the Australian Trade Commission to deliver these annual programs with the aim to develop skills and English language proficiency for government staff at the OHMPPS. 

REW is one of only three Australian institutions involved.
REW’s English programs are designed to help participants achieve their English language goals, preparing them for a global future.
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