From Papua to Oxford: A story of international education success

Gracia Billy Yosaphat Y Mambrasar is a postgraduate student at Oxford, one of the world’s most prestigious universities. But Billy, as he’s known, is no ordinary business student.

Hailing from Papua, Indonesia, where an estimated 28 percent of the population live in poverty and nearly one in three Papuan children under 15 years of age are illiterate, his remarkable journey from small village boy to where he is today makes him one of international education’s greatest triumphs.

Growing up, his family was poor and sold cookies at the market to survive. The Indigenous Black Papuans, the ethnic group he belongs to, has the nation’s second-lowest Human Development Index – a measure of human happiness based on life expectancy, educational standards and individual purchasing power.

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