The construction of the Western Pacific University has commenced.
Project Manager, David McMurray, says construction will begin with major facilities like staff housing and student accommodation.
The new University is being built in the Ialibu-Pangia District of Southern Highlands Province.
McMurray says construction has begun with clearance and the first phase of initial work. He says accommodation facilities will be the first to be built.
Between 2016 and 2018 other amenities including library, lecture buildings, recreation facilities.
The institution has a land area of 19 hectares at the cost of K15 million. The first phase of construction will cost the government around K42 million.
The university will consist of seven faculties and will cater for 6,000 students from all over Papua New Guinea and the Pacific.
A memorandum of understanding with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology was signed to provide the management of the technological university.
This will be PNG’s 5th State-owned university and the 7th in the country.