They are Eli Direye, a research analyst with the Bank of Papua New Guinea and Poigeno Nazila, a standards engineer with the National Broadcasting Corporation. The couple was chose for their academic merit and leadership potential.
Direye will do a Master's in economics at Kent State University in Cleveland, Ohio, while Nazila will enrol for her Master's in telecommunications systems management at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Direye, from the Jiwaka region, graduated from the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) with a bachelor's degree in economics in 2011. Nazila comes from Morobe and she also graduated in 2011 from UPNG where she obtained a BSc.
The William Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the US government to increase mutual understanding between the people of the US other countries.