Rosina Melkum on a road inspection in Santo

Rosina Melkum from Erromango in Tafea Province knows the value of safe and reliable roads. Since childhood She has wanted to be part of maintaining and improving them.

“Roads connect communities and businesses. Roads mean that my family can go to school, the clinic, or the market easily. Roads are essential for our economic and social development.”

Rosina took this passion and completed a Bachelor in Civil Engineering with honours at Fiji National University in 2020.

As part of her studies, Rosina completed a six month internship with the Public Works Department.

This opportunity helped her to put her studies into practice and gain valuable real-world experience.

Following on from this, Rosina was engaged through the Vanuatu-Australia Partnership as an Inspector of Works based in Sanma Province. Rosina was also supported with additional training and career pathway support.

Rosina points to some specific highlights in her time as an engineer.

“I relished the practical experience of helping to develop the 2022 work plan for Sanma Province. I have also really enjoyed the grassroots aspects of the work.

“Working closely with community-based contractors has been incredibly fulfilling.”

“The ongoing training and support from the Vanuatu-Australia Partnership in areas such as road design have helped me to develop my skills as an engineer. It aligns closely with my study and gives me much needed, hands-on experience.”

Rosina sees a bright future ahead for women in the road sector.

“Women are currently under-represented in the field of engineering and I’d love to see that change in the coming years. It’s such a great career and I would highly recommend it to any young women out there thinking about their futures.”