After eight weeks of missed classes due to boycott, protest and arson on campus, the decision has now been made to terminate the 2016 teaching and learning activities only at the university, with immediate effect.
This decision was announced today by the university council to the students and staff at the Forum Square, main Waigani campus. UPNG acting chancellor Dr Nicholas Mann said the council reached its decision after consultation with relevant authorities, including the Prime Minister and the Office of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology.
Mann said that the council, after careful consideration of all representations and factors, has endorsed the Academic Senate's recommendation to terminate only the 2016 teaching and learning activities.
"For effective teaching and learning to take place at UPNG, we require restoration of conducive and safe environment and the minds of staff and students are at peace," Dr Mann said.
He confirmed that other academic activities like research, postgraduate supervision, community outreach and administrative functions are not affected by the council's decision.
Dr Mann said the timing of evacuation of students will be arranged by the Registrar's Office.