Exploring educational opportunities is just one of the many outcomes of obtaining an Australian-standard qualification from the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC).
Since graduating with a Certificate III in Tourism from APTC in 2010, Mr Allan Sumb from Papua New Guinea (PNG) has been climbing up the ranks in the world of academia.
During his training at APTC, Mr Sumb learned various skills and gained knowledge of industry operations to develop and coordinate tourism services.
“The thing I liked most about APTC is the high level of support APTC staff provide to students to help them adapt to training and the environment, especially for those who have travelled from other countries, and meet the learning outcomes,” he says.
After completing his training at APTC in Samoa, Mr Sumb undertook a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning at the Divine Word University (DWU). He then went on to complete a Diploma and Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management at DWU.
Mr Sumb’s most recent achievement has been another academic milestone – he recently graduated with a Masters in Tourism from the University of Otago in New Zealand. His thesis focused on tourism issues in PNG.
“I successfully applied for the program through the New Zealand Pacific Scholarship. While undertaking my Masters, I had the opportunity to expand my knowledge on research paradigms, methodologies and research design. I hope to help develop the tourism industry through this research.”
Despite the challenges of living in a new country with a high cost of living, Mr Sumb says he was able to succeed with encouragement from his wife Siuila Posenai and his two daughters who have supported him all the way. “They have been my biggest motivation.”
This accomplishment is already helping Mr Sumb on the academic ladder, who has been promoted from the role of a tutor to that of a lecturer in Tourism at the DWU Department of Tourism and Hospitality, when he returns to PNG.
In his current role, Mr Sumb undertakes teaching for undergraduate programs, keeps records of students, their work programs and perform as well as other related duties.
Mr Sumb has over five years of experience in the tourism industry, having worked in a variety of roles with several hotels in PNG, before joining the teaching field, where he has been developing his teaching skills.
Mr Sumb says training at APTC has helped him in many ways. “My training at APTC helped me connect with other people and take the challenges in a new environment, different people, culture and language.”
“APTC gave me my first international travel experience and outside exposure, which has developed my self-confidence and helped me interact with individuals from other Pacific Island Countries,” Mr Sumb adds.
“I am very happy to be part of APTC Alumni and wish APTC and its students all the best.”