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For the first few years of our work with Papua BPN worked closely with The University of Ottow & Geissler (UOG) formerly STIE (Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Ekonomi- Ottow-Geissler) to assist their English language department.

Teaching resources such as books, DVDs and laptops were sourced in Australia and provided for the use of students and teachers.
In 2009 the BPN funded the placement of an English language teacher (Ms Lyn Callaghan) under the Uniting Church Person-in-Mission programme at STIE however her visa was withdrawn by the Indonesian Govt after only four months so that placement was forced to end prematurely.

Extensive preliminary work was done in partnership with STIE staff with a view to setting up an entrepreneurship course at STIE however the proposal was discontinued after meeting insurmountable obstacles.

University Scholarships


From 2009 to 2013 The Black Pearl Network (BPN) funded selected students at the University of Ottow and Geissler (previously STIE), for their educational expenses such as tuition fees, examination costs and text books in order to allow impoverished students from the Papuan highlands to complete their university education.

Deserving students were selected by the university staff and were supported from the second year of their course until graduation.