University of PNG

Technology-enabled learning at UPNG

Speaking at a recent workshop, Dr Kenneth Sumbuk says this initiative paves the way for enhanced learning.

The Commonwealth of Learning, or COL, is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government in 1987 to promote the development and sharing of open learning and distance education knowledge, resources and technologies.

As the name suggests, COL’s technology-enabled learning initiative aims to increase access to quality teaching and learning through the use of technology.

Negative growth in PNG’s non-resource sector: Researchers

The researchers said once the resource sector, which is made up of PNG’s petroleum, gas and mining projects, is excluded, the PNG economy contracted by almost 6 percent in 2015.

In their report titled: 2018 PNG economic survey, the UPNG and Australian National University academics said based on the latest National Statistical Office figures, it is now estimated that the non-resource economy contracted in 2015 by 5.9 percent after inflation.

Literature in a memory chip

In partnership with long serving CHM, the two are shifting from hardcopy to digital, made available on a memory chip.

This was an understanding facilitated through Paradise Publishing House.

CHM has been working on this three-in-one format for the last two years in an effort to build up the country’s music scene.

An application is preloaded on this chip, which also comes ready with an SD adaptor and USB adaptor.

John Kasaipwalova, acting manager, at UPNG Press and Bookshop, saw that this option will also benefit literature.

UPNG MBA students host blood drive

Loop PNG observed this morning as students lined up outside the university’s arts building to have their bloods tested before actually donating.

Student coordinator Rosemary Mawe said this is the first time, after a while, for the school of Business and Public Policy master’s in business administration students to organise such an event.

“This is more or less a lead up to the Masters Pinnacle Event for 2017, which is expected to take place at the end of the week at UPNG.”

UPNG inks deal with Goroka college

This is now possible following the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding between the UPNG acting vice chancellor, Vincent Malaibe, and the college principal, Sogerifa Lutago.

In a statement, UPNG said: “Under this MOU, students who complete the diploma program will be able to enrol and complete the bachelor of accounting degree program at UPNG within two years. 

New service station to be built at UPNG

The signing was done today between UPNG and Puma Energy PNG Limited, to allow for the construction of the largest service station in Port Moresby. This includes other related businesses within the premises such as vehicle repairs, groceries and takeaway food.

UPNG acting vice-chancellor, Vincent Malaibe, said this is the biggest and first commercial venture with the private sector.

Malaibe said the University aims to be financially independent after 52 years in operation.

Department to take lead in establishing medical university

The National Executive Council endorsed the stand-alone PNG Medical and Health Sciences University on Monday, January 23.

The need for more doctors in the country prompted the PNG National Doctors Association (PNG NDA) to petition the government to establish the university.

The petition was to ask the government to convert the University of PNG’s School of Medical Health Science (SMHS) Taurama Campus into a stand-alone university.

Talks on Medical and Health Sciences University underway

PNG National Doctors Association (NDA) have petitioned the Government to convert the University of PNG’s School of Medical Health Science (SMHS) Taurama Campus into a stand-alone university.

PNG NDA president Dr James Naipao said this will come to fulfillment and they’re proud of this achievement.

Naipao had informed Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and the Government for the need to rejuvenate the SMHS with its own funding and make it into a stand-alone medical university.

University campus curfew to assist in restoration of normalcy

Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill CMG MP, said the curfew will be undertaken internally by university authorities between the hours of 7pm and 6am.  The curfew will begin following Gazettal of the NEC Decision for a period of 30 days.

“The curfew on these campuses will help maintain law and order and assist universities in returning to normalcy,” the Prime Minister said.

“The safety of students, staff and families is paramount and we are further determined to put an end to the destruction of university properly.

PM responds to points in students’ petition

In a nine-page letter, the PM responded to the 10 points raised by the universities.

1.UBS loan

“This matter is before the Court and as such it would be sub judice for me to discuss several aspects at this stage. However I wish to clarify misunderstanding and confusion over this borrowing,” O’Neill said.