UPNG students want to go home

Residential students today met with the Vice Chancellor, Professor Frank Griffin, at the Forum Square and urged the UPNG Council to consult the Government immediately.

The students, most of whom are from outside provinces, are quite anxious following the announcement of five new COVID-19 cases yesterday.

Chairman of the UPNG Students COVID-19 response team, Andrian Taranu, stressed that the safety and wellbeing of the students will be compromised if they remain on campus.

Continue ANU-UPNG partnership: Treasurer

These students were at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University for the annual ANU-UPNG summer school. Ling-Stuckey also met with two UPNG economics tutors who are studying their Master’s in International and Development Economics at Crawford, and who will return to UPNG after graduation to lecture.

These programs are part of the ANU-UPNG partnership which sees five ANU lecturers in economics and public policy living in Port Moresby and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in the UPNG School of Business and Public Policy.

UPNG ENB students’ project underway

Over the past two months, the ENBSA have successfully completed two phases of their holiday project, which included a book drive week – distributing donated books to communities – and a school visit week – engaging with numerous high schools in the province.

Their next project, supported by the Kokoda Track Foundation, will see student representatives distribute solar lights throughout 15 elementary schools in Pomio District.

Perseverance pays off for former Miss PNG

Former Miss PNG, Niawali Twain, issued this statement after receiving her UPNG degree on Friday.

From a mixed parentage of Manus and East New Britain, the beaming Niawali Twain gracefully walked up to get her degree from the UPNG chancellor in the first session of the 64th graduation ceremony. 

The beauty queen was crowned Miss PNG in 2017, was the Queen Emma Chocolates Brand Ambassador and is the chaperone of the current Miss PNG and Miss Pacific Islands, Leoshina Kariha.

Classes at UPNG resume

The academic staff admitted that they want to see change in UPNG, and thanked the Minister for his intervention.

While the staff welcomed Minister Pila Niningi’s efforts in establishing good governance within the university, they did not applaud his intention to retain the interim chancellor, Jeffrey Kennedy, who is a lawyer by profession.

UPNG staff continue protest

Since this morning, academics, support staff and students gathered at the Drill Hall to await a response from the Prime Minister’s office regarding their grievances.

The National Academic Staff Association (NASA) requested the Prime Minister to intervene and immediately:

Petty politics can jeopardise academic year: Opposition

Deputy Opposition Leader Timothy Masiu has described the decision by Minister for High Education, Science & Technology, Pila Niningi, to suspend the University Council and the acting Vice Chancellor, as an act of sabotage at the country’s highest learning institution.

He said the country’s top cream of students enter UPNG as one of the highest learning institution of the land and their studies cannot be jeopardised by petty politics of individuals.

Higher Education tells UPNG not to charge TESAS fee

Fr Jan’s statement follows complaints by parents and guardians that students attending the University of Papua New Guinea were made to pay full fees before registering.

The parents were told that the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology has not deposited any funds into the UPNG accounts. Therefore, even though a student is on government scholarship, K16,492 has to be paid in full – K4,242 is compulsory as Admission while K12,250 for boarding and lodgment.

Parents dig deeper to pay UPNG hefty fees

Many brought their disagreements to social media.

Parents and Guardians of students attending the University of Papua New Guinea on scholarships this academic year, have taken to social media their concerns regarding the hefty fees being imposed on them by the institution.

Parents whose children are on the TESAS scholarship stated that the fees are too much.

The UPNG fee structure is: K4242 is compulsory as Admission and K12,250 for boarding and lodgment.

Therefore, a student regardless of scholarships will be paying K16,492 for a year.

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.