University of Papua New Guinea

4 decades after high school…

Each graduating student has his or her own story of inspiration.

Yesterday, a humble Papua New Guinean achieved his dream, 4 decades after leaving high school.

The sight of this middle-aged man, neatly dressed in the graduation colours and seated away from the rest of the graduands, raised curiosity.

Donald Yehilomo Lunen was among the handful of Professional Studies students graduating from the University of Papua New Guinea.

Over 1,000 graduate with degrees, honours

Today officially marked the successful end of 4 years of hard work, sacrifices and commitment and signaled the beginning of the season of reaping and joy.

Celebratory cheers could be heard as graduands, each representing their families and tribes, received the prized blue ‘mambu’ (bamboo).

Addressing the graduating class of 2018, Vice Chancellor Vincent Malaibe highlighted the challenges the institution faces but maintained that today's ceremony was a bitter sweet achievement.

UPNG graduation underway

The University forum square was a sea of blue as graduands from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS), School of Business and Public Policy (SBPP) and School of Law (SOL) marched in procession to the beat of the Manus garamut.

The morning session will see a total of 510 students graduate: 213 from SHSS, 7O from SOL and 218 from SBPP.

The graduands entered the ceremonial arena before a packed crowd of family and friends.

DHERST responds to UPNG students’ concerns

The additional fees are to compensate for the outstanding payments for Tertiary Education Student Assistance Scheme (TESAS) scholarships for semester 2 of 2017.

Students took to social media to air their grievances regarding the UPNG administration’s decision for students and their parents to foot 50 percent of the 2017 outstanding payments for TESAS scholarship. This is on top of the 2018 compulsory tuition and lodging and accommodation fees.

Students reached out to this newsroom outlining the 2018 registration process.

Partial or non-payment, let them enrol: PM

PM Peter O'Neill told parliament yesterday following questions by Wabag MP Dr Lino Tom.

Parliament was informed that institutions like the University of Papua New Guinea started turning students away during registration last week.

“If you look at the school fee structure, I think it is discriminatory of students whose parents are not so well off to afford to save enough money in one year, to send their children to school the following year,” the MP said.

Overpayment will be reimbursed: UPNG

His statement follows UPNG’s confirmation that the 2018 school fee structure will not be enforced as initially stated.

The decision to slash the revised K7,500 compulsory tuition fee to K2,939 was reached after the 24th January meeting with stakeholders.

Acting chancellor, Dr Nicholas Mann, clarified that normal reimbursement procedures will be applied.

Students’ intellectual quality keeps dropping: UPNG

This is one of the reasons why universities in the country are struggling to remain viable amidst the country’s economic situation.

Acting vice chancellor of the University of Papua New Guinea, Vincent Malaibe, explains that Grade 12 students are entering universities with substandard education, causing universities to spend more time and money to maintain quality output.

This in turn increases operational costs for universities.

UPNG confirms 2018 school fee structure

The council has agreed to apply the 2017 school fee structure where students are now required to pay K2,939 as compulsory tuition fee to be eligible for enrolment.

The decision to slash the revised K7,500 compulsory tuition fee to K2,939 was reached after the 24th January meeting with stakeholders.

Cut down on expenditure: Fr Jan

The Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Secretary, Fr Jan Czuba, made the statement during the announcement of UPNG’s 2018 fees.

“We have to look at the way the universities are operating now to make them more efficient and to cut down the expenses,” Fr Jan said.

He also made it clear that not only can the government assist but the universities themselves have to do some work to help out.

No need for new universities: Prof

But there is a greater need to improve the already existing tertiary institutions.

This is the view of UPNG’s pro vice chancellor academic, Professor Mange Matui.

Professor Matui pointed out the rundown infrastructure at the University of Papua New Guinea.

“When you walk around you will see that our infrastructure, the classrooms that were built by the Australian Government in the 1960s, 1970s, are now going down. We need to have new buildings.”

Professor Matui stressed that we (PNG) now have 7 universities.