The purpose built teaching and learning facilities including new classrooms, computer labs, staff and student amenities, and two new lecture theatres that seat a total of 330 students.
PAU Vice-Chancellor, Raul Lozano, said “This additional purpose-built facility will alleviate the problem of room allocations for learning in various programs at the University. With these new facilities, students will have a better day-to-day academic experience. Ultimately, this will improve their overall learning experience and their future career prospects.”
The construction of the new facility was supported by the Incentive Fund – a partnership between the Australian and PNG Governments.
Australian High Commission Counselor, Susan Ferguson, highlighted the important role that higher education plays in Papua New Guinea saying “Education is the cornerstone of progress.
The Australian Government has long supported the goals of Papua New Guinea in the education sector and this event marks a significant increase in the calibre of opportunities available to future students at PAU.”
The Incentive Fund provides grants to high performing PNG organisations to improve their capacity to provide services in a range of sectors covering health, education and economic empowerment of men, women and children.
The complex was opened by Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and technology, Francis Marus. Also present was National Planning and Monitoring Secretary, Hakaua Harry.