The University of Papua New Guineainthe National Capital andthe Lae University of Technology today sawthe graduation of final year students’
Atthe Waigani Campusthe 58th graduation saw a total of 1,177students’reach anther level intheir learning.
They were told to be committed intheir endeavours to help take Papua New Guineaforward.
Graduands came dressed intheir best to brighten upthe hot day for their 58th Graduation Ceremony.
The Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was on time, as he ledthe procession for the first session.
It was a significant occasion for the graduating students’but a historical one inthe University graduation ceremonies.
As for the first time a truly UPNG team presided overthe event withthe Prime Minister,the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor all graduates from UPNG.
Vice Chancellor Professor Albert Mellam told graduates to be grateful ofthe opportunity to completetheir studies and challengedthem to give back tothe country in return for investing inthem.
Funding has plaguedthe University in delivering to its students’
And Professor Mellam says for UPNG to fulfil its mandate it needs massive investment to create a world class University in a developing country.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in response saysthe government is committed towards education, and will be repairing all infrastructures in higher learning institutions inthe country underthe public infrastructure development program.
Mr. O’Neill He saysthe government has given an approval for a new University inthe Highlands region.
This will curbthe number of grade 12 drop outs and increase intakes into tertiary learning institutions.
Ofthe 17, 000 grade 12 students’that completedtheir high schools experince last year only 4,000 were accepted for futher studies.