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Swire Launches two new Education Scholarships

08 November 2023

Wednesday 8 November 2023, Port Moresby, NCD || John Swire & Sons (JS&S) Limited is delighted to announce the launch of two new scholarships for Papua New Guinean students: Swire University Scholarships and Taikoo College Scholarships.

The fully funded scholarships enable Papua New Guinean students to access financial support for vocational training and tertiary studies for the 2024 academic year.

The scholarships fall under the Swire Higher Education Scholarships Programme which is part of JS&S increased community engagement in PNG. These Swire Scholarships will complement the Steamships’ Community Grants Programme within the key pillar of Education which has a current focus on early childhood learning and primary school assistance.

JS&S PNG Limited is the major investor in Steamships Trading Company Limited (Steamships) and is the owner of Swire Shipping Limited which has extensive connections within PNG, linking global supply chains to local communities since 1941. Steamships will administer the scholarship programme on behalf of Swire.

Speaking about the importance of this programme, Managing Director of Steamships, Rupert Bray, said:

“This investment demonstrates Swire’s commitment to enabling young Papua New Guineans access to higher education through the provision of fully funded scholarships. As long-term investors in PNG, Swire recognises the need to invest in the communities in which it operates and always strives to be a force for good wherever it operates in the world. We recognise that many families in PNG face challenges paying tuition fees, preventing young people from pursuing higher education.”

“The scholarships enable people to access opportunities to enhance their knowledge, skills, and confidence, empowering them to fulfill their potential. The long-term impact of this programme will be to provide trained and skilled individuals who will help meet the pressing shortage of qualified graduates. It is anticipated that most or all of the graduating scholars will be offered employment within the Steamships Group or Swire Shipping PNG.”

The scholarships are now open for applications from eligible candidates, and these should be submitted by 29 December 2023.

Details about the eligibility criteria and application process can be accessed on the respective application forms. To apply, access the forms here: Swire University Scholarship Application Form 2023 & Taikoo College Scholarship Application Form 2023

Scholarship Award recipients will be announced in January 2024.




About Steamships


Steamships Trading Company or Steamships, as it is more commonly known, is a diversified leader in land and sea logistics, property, hospitality and joint venture opportunities in Papua New Guinea. Commencing operations in 1918, Steamships has been investing in PNG’s growth, development and progress ever since, steadily evolving its business to meet current needs and anticipate the future. The group has been integral to, and part of, PNG’s development into a modern and formative leader within the Asia-Pacific region. Committed to our people, the sustainability of our operations, and the future of Papua New Guinea, Steamships is pioneering sustainable progress in PNG for the next generation of stakeholders. We don’t just do business in PNG….It’s our home.

About Swire Shipping


Swire Shipping is the brand name for all liner shipping services operated by The China Navigation Company Pte Ltd (CNCo). Dedicated to facilitating and growing trade in regions where it operates, Swire Shipping provides several high frequency liner shipping services in the Asia Pacific markets and specialises in providing a wide range of specialist customer solutions for project, heavy lift, refrigerated, breakbulk and mini bulk cargoes. It connects 400 ports via an extensive network of services in the Asia-Pacific and globally and maintains a worldwide agency network in addition to its own representative offices across the Asia-Pacific, Pacific Islands, North America and Europe, providing its customers with dedicated service and expert market knowledge. Swire Shipping’s purpose is to enrich lives by connecting customers with communities in the Pacific.


Media contact:

Hane Toua

Community Engagement Manager

Steamships Trading Company Limited

Ph: +675 70069706

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