University of Papua New Guinea

Universities to get funding says Ngangan

Dr Ngangan says they have received instructions from Chief Secretary, Isaac Lupari, through the Budget Review Committee to release some funding to both universities.

“By tomorrow (Dec 14) I will get a report where the universities have underspent what is left in their own budget.

“If they’ve overspent we’ll see what other funds are available. But the assurance is that the two universities will get some funding this week,” Dr Ngangan said.

UPNG journalism students observe court sitting

It’s an exercise the UPNG Journalism and Public Relations strand has taken to help its third year News Coverage students get their minds back in school through practical engagement. This was after classes resumed following the boycott and student unrest.

Tutor and trip coordinator, Joycelyn Mark, said the students’ visit on Friday to the Bomana National Court was part of the theory component of the course and more visits will be done during the semester.

UPNG seeks to dismiss students’ case

Darrel Kamen went before Justice Leka Nablu this morning, asking the court to have the two cases that were filed for judicial review dismissed.

He told the court the all the students’ appeals that were filed to the university's Appeals Committee after they were permanently excluded went in their favour and they are back in class.

Their appeals are upheld by the university on Oct 6. They have since been allowed back on campus and are sitting their exams.

He said there was nothing left to proceed with in the National Court from the Judicial Review cases.

Capacity building vital to drive biodiversity conservation

University of Papua New Guinea lecturer at the Centre for Biodiversity & Natural Products Division of Biological Sciences, Professor Simon Saulei, says there’s not enough capacity building going on.

Speaking at a consultative workshop on Protected Area Policy, underway in Port Moresby, Professor Saulei explained that the success of long term sustainable biodiversity conservation and PA depends on capacity building, aimed at supporting individuals and institutions to effectively address threats to biodiversity.

UPNG staff will not go on strike, clarifies NASA

Word has been circulating around the UPNG campus that NASA will stop work over the non-payment of its members.

However, President Emmanuel Gorea told Loop PNG that: “Going on strike will be our last resort, if we have exhausted all other avenues”.

“Some of us have not been paid last year and this year,” Gorea confirms. But discussions over their salary issues are already underway with the UPNG administration.

The president stresses that they want the students to complete their first semester as they ‘have been through a lot already’.

ENB Day ends on high note

Port Moresby residents came in their best ENB attires to celebrate the day organized by the East New Britain Students Association of the University of Papua New Guinea.

ENBSA President Jeremy Nature thanked everyone who had supported them at the Constitutional Park and said this year was yet another crowd pleaser.

Stalls were blaring in color with meri blouses, printed shirts, ENB flags, as well as face painting and cooked ENB cuisines like aigir and mumu.

Twinning project celebrated with universities

Under a Twinning arrangement, a series of learning and research activities are being delivered that focus on enhancing the teaching quality and research capacity across both universities.

UPNG Vice Chancellor Professor Albert Mellam says, 25 UPNG academics are undertaking JCU’s internationally recognised and Australian accredited Graduate Certificate of Education.

He says UPNG and JCU area natural fit when it comes to collaboration; both universities have strong backgrounds in tropical science and knowledge that will facilitate joint research and the exchange of ideas.

UPNG to run Renewable Energy Master program

The Master of Science in Renewable Energy Management (MScREM) program is created under the European Platform for Intelligent Cities' (EPIC) project which is funded by European Union.

EPIC, Renewable energy in Pacific islands: Developing Skills and Capacity, was born to react to the current challenges and immediate needs to the renewable energy (RE) development in the Pacific.

The initiative has been drawn from the low energy access rate, urgent need of alternative energy supply, and the vulnerability to the impact of climate change in the region.

Student leaders claim to be permanently excluded from UPNG

One of the students told Loop PNG that they received their letters from acting pro vice-chancellor, Professor Mange Matui, through their respective school offices on Sunday.

“We went to register and found the letter waiting for us. We have been given two weeks to appeal the decision.”

In the letter, Professor Matui said: “The University of Papua New Guinea administration has credible evidence that, in your capacity as the SRC member of 2016, you have been involved in the 2016 May to July student unrest and boycott”.

Tambul-Nebilyer students waiting for MP’s help

The Tambul-Nebilyer Students Associations at UPNG, an affiliated student body to the UPNG Students Represented Council and sub-association to the Western Highlands Students Union at UPNG have waited for almost a month now after requesting their MP and Minister for Labour and Industrial Relations Benjamin Poponawa to assist with airline tickets for them to return home.    

The students have been living in Port Moresby outside of campus for a long time now with friends and relatives and they needed repatriation as soon as possible.