University of Technology

K230,000 for UNITECH’s engineering dept

The University’s engineering department has already restructured first year subjects and aims to have its bachelor degree internationally accredited by the year 2022.

The Washington Accord is an international accreditation agreement which sets a standard for professional engineering degrees to be recognised across signatory countries.

ExxonMobil PNG’s General Manager - Technical, Cliff Kratzing said the assistance given will help the department continue to raise its standard of assessment, drive academic results and most of all, align with international standards.

Dr Schram terminated

The University of Technology Council has released a public statement confirming Dr. Albert Schram’s termination.

The unanimous council decision was on grounds of serious misconduct and breach of contract of employment.

On 19 January 2018, the University of Technology Council made a unanimous decision to charge Dr. Albert Schram with 21 allegations.

As per the term of his contract of employment, Dr. Schram was given seven working days to respond to the allegations.

Unitech VC suspended

In a statement, Unitech acting chancellor Jean Kekedo said Dr Schram was suspended following a special council meeting on Friday, January 19.

“The details and grounds of suspension are confidential and hence will not be disclosed at this stage,” stated Kekedo.

“Deputy vice chancellor, Dr Ora Renagi, was appointed as acting vice chancellor in the meantime.

“The council assures the public and stakeholders that all programs and operations of the university will not be affected by this decision of the council.”

Universities to get funding says Ngangan

Dr Ngangan says they have received instructions from Chief Secretary, Isaac Lupari, through the Budget Review Committee to release some funding to both universities.

“By tomorrow (Dec 14) I will get a report where the universities have underspent what is left in their own budget.

“If they’ve overspent we’ll see what other funds are available. But the assurance is that the two universities will get some funding this week,” Dr Ngangan said.

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Animal Brain Association members nabbed by police

​Forty youths aged between 18 and 21 were caught drinking today along the airport’s back road where the construction of the LNG road is taking place.

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Unitech administration requests police presence

Unitech Security walked off their jobs yesterday, leaving the gate and university unmanned.

The Unitech administration sent in a formal request (in writing) last night and police went on campus this morning.

Police are on campus not to harass, intimidate or investigate anyone but to protect government property.

There are also reports from administration that some students want to attend classes but are afraid to do so.

Lae metropolitan superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr says he wants peace to prevail.

Unitech student wounded after fight at campus

The student was rushed to Angau General Hospital by the Unitech clinic ambulance and his in a stable condition.  

This morning the situation on the ground is quiet but tense.

Loop PNG was reliably informed by a student on the ground that the fight broke out at the conclusion of the student forum hosted by the Unitech Administration and Student Representative Council.

The student who wanted to remain anonymous because of safety reasons said, the attack on the general student body by the Southern Highlands students was pre-planned.

Students defied police warning due to time factor

EHP provincial police commander Alex N’Drasal would not allow the University of Technology and University of Goroka students conduct their awareness due the death of UOG acting vice-chancellor Dr John Kola.

This was what Unitech SRC committee deputy chairman and Eastern Highlands student leader, Livingstone Fontenu, told Loop PNG today.

“Almost 3000-4000 people turned up at our first forum in Goroka,” Fontenu said.

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.