One of the core values of Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) is investing in people and learning. Therefore, PICRC actively seeks and promotes opportunities for its staff to be able to pursue higher degrees. Currently, there are seven PICRC staff pursuing higher education degrees both within and outside Palau. [/restrict]
Two PICRC researchers are currently pursuing Ph.D. degrees. Lincoln Rehm is enrolled in a fully funded Environmental Science Ph.D. program at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Marine Gouezo is pursuing a Ph.D. degree at Southern Cross University, located in Lismore, New South Wales, Australia.
Two researchers are completing Masters’ degree in Japan. Evelyn Otto was accepted into the Okinawa International Marine Science Program on a fully funded scholarship with the University of the Ryukyus (UoR) in Okinawa, Japan two years ago. She will return to PICRC next month with her degree. Shirley Koshiba was accepted into a fully funded Master’s Degree and Internship Program of the Pacific Leaders’ Educational Assistance for Development of States (Pacific-LEADS) through the University of Tsukuba. She is expected to complete her program next year.
Ines Kintoki, who is the assistant Education and Outreach Officer, is enrolled at the San Diego State University (SDSU) bachelor program, pursuing her Bachelor Degree. The SDSU’s bachelor degree program is offered through Palau Community College, which means Ines can stay in Palau and continue to work at the Center while pursuing her bachelor degree.
Two of PICRC’s Administrative Staff are enrolled in Business programs at Palau Community College (PCC). Facility & Maintenance Supervisor, Joyra Shmull, is enrolled in Business Administration, and PICRC Accounting Clerk, Jenna Mersai, is enrolled in a Business Accounting program.
“We have limited staff and if someone leaves to pursue a higher degree, we would suffer in the short term, but the gain we make in the long-term is more than worth it”, stated Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, CEO of PICRC. “The more we invest in our staff, the more benefit we gain from our staff. In today’s challenging world, investing in people and learning is the only way to remain innovated to meet the challenges facing our organization and the work that we do.” [/restrict]