University of Papua New Guinea

UPNG empty as students return home

The 2016 academic year was terminated following eight weeks of continuous boycott, protest, intimidation and arson.

UPNG acting chancellor Dr Nicholas Mann confirmed today that all students have left campus.

Dr Mann said students that were enrolled in 2016 will not reapply but only register again for the 2017 academic year.

He said only the 2016 Grade 12 students will apply for first year in 2017.

The university senate is putting in place a structure to accommodate the 2016 first year students and the new intakes.

​Over 220 international signatures calling for end to student repression

A sign-on letter calling for an immediate end to repression of the student movement has already received over 220 international signatories from academics, unionists, NGOs, students, public servants and business people.

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Referring to the June 23 confrontation, Rapa said: “Please note that I and my fellow UPNG SRC members were restrained by a court order obtained by UPNG administration, restraining us from conducting any further boycott and protests.

“Any actions taken by my council members and myself to mobilise students would been seen as actions undertaken to boycott classes and we would be in contempt.

Former UPNG SRC president supports silent minority

UPNG SRC president in 2011, Bill Minjukul has raised concerns that the prolonged boycott and suspension of classes indefinitely has affected the silent minority of students who are afraid to speak up.

Minjukul called for normalcy on campus and the university council to quickly restructure the academic calendar and allow students to return to class.

He said a minority of students have approached him for advice on how to deal with the issue as they are worried that their education has been taken away from them.

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Registrar breaks silence, calls on students to resume classes

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The registrar of the University of Papua New Guinea has finally broken her silence by calling for students to return to class.

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UPNG students at Waigani campus threaten mass withdrawal

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Boycotting students at the University of Papua New Guinea have threatened a mass withdrawal if the Prime Minister’s office and the Police Commissioner do not respond positively to their petition.

Police ready to deter UPNG students protest march

‘Biased’ media firms to be banned from entering UPNG

The secretary of UPNG’s student representative council (SRC) Wesley Warun told Loop PNG: “EMTV, Post-Courier and The National will not be allowed to enter the campus next week because they are biased.”

UPNG’s current stance is for Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to step down and the two top cops, National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate boss Matthew Damaru and Chief Inspector Timothy Gitua, be reinstated.

The institution believes that those three media houses are pro-O’Neill.

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VC: UPNG infrastructure a time bomb

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Little to no maintenance of buildings at the University of Papua New Guinea has resulted in most of its infrastructure being labelled as a time bomb.

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UPNG dorm destroyed by fire

The cause of the fire is not immediately known.

Witnesses said at around 7pm, the fire started because they saw flames on the building, spreading fast.

The fire appeared to have started in the middle of the building on the top level.

Firemen and the emergency workers arrived late but managed to stop the fire from spreading.

Most first year students residing there said they lost valuable items like certificates, laptops and text books.

More than 100 students live in that hall of residence.

More to come.

Govt hands over Games Villages to University of PNG

Representing the PNG National Government was Minister for Sorts, tourism and culture  Justin Tkatchenko, the Governor of NCD Powes Parkop and on behalf of the Prime Minister at occasion was the Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Malakhai Tabar.

Before officially handing over the key to the UPNG administration, Minister Tkatchenko challenged the students and the administration to take good care of the complex facility as it one of the world class facilities in the Pacific.