University of Papua New Guinea

Over 1,000 graduate

In spite of the political infighting that has plagued the institution since February this year, graduants proudly walked up to receive their hard-earned certificates.

1,221 students graduated from the five schools within the University of Papua New Guinea during today’s 64th graduation ceremony. 

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the School of Natural and Physical Sciences and the School of Law were in the first session while the second session consisted of the School of Business and Public Policy and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Why a university exists

This was the point made by the new acting vice chancellor of the University of Papua New Guinea.

Professor Kenneth Sumbuk, in accepting his appointment as the acting vice chancellor of UPNG, issued the reminder that a university exists to provide quality graduates, stressing on the adjective ‘quality’.

“And that is something that many people within the sector and also stakeholders, government, parents, graduands, employers have been concerned about how the university has been travelling,” stated Sumbuk.

UPNG backs major electoral review

The university will be running a series of seminars on certain terms of reference or topics of the review. This followed a signing of an MOU between Constitutional and Law Reform Commission Secretary, Dr Eric Kwa, and UPNG Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Vincent Malaibe on Wednesday, September 5th.

“The agreement is that we want to give some funding to these universities and they run the seminars at their own time but we expect them to give us the feedback by next month,” Dr Kwa said, adding that the ongoing nationwide consultation alone was not enough.

Shadow minister concerned with economic findings

“Economic academics from both the University of Papua New Guinea and the Australian National University say that the PNG economy had negative growth of 5.9 percent in 2015 in the non-resource sections of the economy,” Ling-Stuckey said in a statement.

“This is an extraordinary result confirming the economy went badly backwards. It would confirm what business people and the people of PNG have known for years – 2015 was a year of severe recession in PNG.

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.