University of Papua New Guinea

UPNG Council refuses to back down

The Council refused to meet with the graduating students today. Instead, the head of Uniforce security, Matthew Kipott, was advised to relay their message to the waiting students.

“The decision of K600 still stands. The Council has made the decision and no meeting will change that,” Kipott told the students this afternoon.

“The graduation date of July 28 also remains.”

The students were further informed that their outstanding payments will be reimbursed.

This was the response to points raised in their petition yesterday.

UPNG starts orientation for 1st year students

The new students, who started arriving during the weekend, have been introduced to the university officials as well as made aware of UPNG's expectations.

In his welcome message, vice-chancellor Professor Albert Mellam informed the first years of the Student Charter.

"The university takes student discipline very seriously," said Professor Mellam.

"I want to make it very clear that you must conduct yourself with an attitude that does not come into conflict with the established guidelines of the Students' Code of Conduct.

UPNG students question graduation fee

They claim the university did not advise them of the graduation fee.

“It just came on the media, which shocked the students as there was no (official) circular before that,” Loop PNG was told.

Phylma Timea, a graduating student from the Journalism and Public Relations strand, says it’s unfair on them and their parents.

“We have already paid the school fee, outstanding fees, we were rushed out of our dorms and they didn’t give us a long time to do our clearance.”

Dr Mann explains UPNG’s K600 graduation fee

Certain regulations and fees were enforced in an effort to address costs incurred during last year’s student unrest, and the new graduation fee is one of them, Acting Chancellor Dr Nicholas Mann tells Loop PNG.

“Other universities have that graduation fee while UPNG, in the last 50 years, did not. However, we are going to start come this graduation,” says Dr Mann.

He explains that the fees will be used for the staging of the graduation on July 28.

UPNG launches master of economics program

Held at the Main Lecture Theatre, the event was witnessed by less than 200 people, with dignitaries in the likes of the Secretary for the Department of Education, Professor David Kavanamur, and the Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Bruce Davies.

As an homegrown postgraduate degree that has been developed with the support of staff from the Australia National University, the program aims to provide high quality educational opportunities and human resource development for leaders engaged in the economic and public sectors of the nation.

Researchers embark on disseminating information on snakebites

A group of researchers in PNG who aim to reduce the number of snakebite cases, which at the moment stands at an estimated 1000 per year, sees this as an important tool.

Charles Campbell Toxinology Centre is a collaboration of the University of Melbourne (UoM) and the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) with the primary focus to improve the treatment of snakebite in PNG though their research. 

Sharon tells of her first trip overseas

This proved true for Sharon Atuai, a young lass from Goilala, Central Province.

Sharon is a second year student at the University of Papua New Guinea,  and will be doing her third year in April - Bachelor in Economics.

Growing up in Laloki, a few kilometres outside Port Moresby along the Hiritano Highway, she struggled with the influence of settlement peer pressure and overcoming the psychological impact of divorced parents at a young age.

Her parents separated in 2004 when she was in grade two, leaving her to grow up with her mother.

Academic doctors give Govt one week to respond

The 30 academics at the University of Papua New Guinea School of Medicine and Health Sciences commenced one week stop work today.

The protest is due to the delay in backdated awards; the awards payment of over K5.6 million dates back to January 1, 2014.

The Award is a legal document that the Government has signed as a commitment to pay doctors a certain amount of benefit.

The academic staff met on Monday to discuss the delay of the payments and have decided to stop work after many meetings and verbal assurance from the Government.

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PNG needs more trained midwives

Papua New Guinea needs to train more midwives to help address the high infant mortality and maternal rate.

PNG Midwifery Society president Jennifer Pyakalyia has called for more training for midwives at the universities and colleges in the country.

Pyakalyia said at least 20 midwives should be trained at each of the five midwifery institutions in the country if PNG is serious about improving maternal and new born health.