UPNG celebrates Media Freedom Day

The 25th celebration was held at the University of Papua New Guinea, by the Creative Arts and Journalism and Public Relations strands of the Melanesian Institute of Arts and Communication, to recognise the work of the media.

Indeed today is the day to recognise the work of journalists around the world, members of the press including their Editors, Public Relations practitioners as well as journalism students gathered in Port Moresby today to celebrate the occasion.

4 decades after high school…

Each graduating student has his or her own story of inspiration.

Yesterday, a humble Papua New Guinean achieved his dream, 4 decades after leaving high school.

The sight of this middle-aged man, neatly dressed in the graduation colours and seated away from the rest of the graduands, raised curiosity.

Donald Yehilomo Lunen was among the handful of Professional Studies students graduating from the University of Papua New Guinea.

This degree is for my hard working parents

There is reflection on past trials and successes as well as hope for the future, and that is what 25-year-old Jennifer Kua yearns for.

Kua’s story is one that most or all average Papua New Guinean families can relate to.

First in a family of 5, Kua’s parents fled their home village in Kerowagi, Simbu Province, with the hope of starting a new life in Port Moresby; a life free from tribal fights and better education opportunities for their children.

But the nation’s capital wasn’t the promised land they had imagined.

Over 1,000 graduate with degrees, honours

Today officially marked the successful end of 4 years of hard work, sacrifices and commitment and signaled the beginning of the season of reaping and joy.

Celebratory cheers could be heard as graduands, each representing their families and tribes, received the prized blue ‘mambu’ (bamboo).

Addressing the graduating class of 2018, Vice Chancellor Vincent Malaibe highlighted the challenges the institution faces but maintained that today's ceremony was a bitter sweet achievement.

UPNG graduation underway

The University forum square was a sea of blue as graduands from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS), School of Business and Public Policy (SBPP) and School of Law (SOL) marched in procession to the beat of the Manus garamut.

The morning session will see a total of 510 students graduate: 213 from SHSS, 7O from SOL and 218 from SBPP.

The graduands entered the ceremonial arena before a packed crowd of family and friends.

UPNG to host ‘Earthquake Relief Day’

UPNG, its staff and all of its students have combined with the representative student union members from Hela, Southern Highlands, Enga, Western and Gulf Provinces for the event.

A full day of activities, including appeals from representatives of the affected areas, will be held in the Forum Square, Waigani Campus, on Friday 6 April 2018, commencing at 9am.

Court stays UPNG medical faculty separation

The National Executive Council decision became subject to judicial review after leave was granted today in court.

On September 4, 2017, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill revealed during the 53rd annual medical symposium forum in Port Moresby the National Executive Council’s approval to separate it from UPNG.

The decision was made in February last year after a trip to Cuba to recruit 30 Cuban doctors to serve in 15 districts in the country.

UPNG faculty breached selection policy: Higher education

Secretary of Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Fr Jan Czuba, said severe actions will be taken against the UPNG School of Business and Public Policy for this malpractice.

Fr Jan said this issue was brought to their attention by affected students and through the online selection software, Higher Education Department was able to get to the bottom of this.

DHERST responds to UPNG students’ concerns

The additional fees are to compensate for the outstanding payments for Tertiary Education Student Assistance Scheme (TESAS) scholarships for semester 2 of 2017.

Students took to social media to air their grievances regarding the UPNG administration’s decision for students and their parents to foot 50 percent of the 2017 outstanding payments for TESAS scholarship. This is on top of the 2018 compulsory tuition and lodging and accommodation fees.

Students reached out to this newsroom outlining the 2018 registration process.

She was more than an educator

“For those of us (students) who got the privilege to know her and her family personally, she was a counsellor, a confidante, a champion, a friend; in short, she was a ‘mother’ to us throughout our time at UPNG and even now (years later),” says former student and peer educator, Fredah Joses.

“Her genuine words and actions of wisdom, kindness, love, correction, integrity and guidance will always remain with us.