By Delly Waigeno – EM TV News, Port Moresby
The 2016 Orientation Program for new students at the University of Papua New Guinea began today at the Main Lecture Theatre.
Vice Chancellor, Professor Albert Mellam, urged the freshmen to be driven by a purposeful and focused student life.
Minister for Higher Education, Malakai Tabar, urged the students to harness their enthusiasm and ideas for a brighter future for their lives and the country.
It’s that time of the year for the University of Papua New Guinea where the campus was busy with hundreds of freshmen students commencing tertiary level studies beginning with a week-long orientation program to help them settle in.
Stalls were set up by peer educators giving information about the different services provided by the university.
Higher Education Minister, Malakai Tabar, congratulated the students for securing a place at the University which is one of the most esteemed higher learning institutions in the country and the region.
Secretary for the Department of Justice and Attorney General, Professor Lawrence Kalinoe, told the students that they were part of a strong legacy, with graduates of the university now leading the country in commerce, business and government.
Minister Tabar announced that the Higher Education Sector is moving towards a new era in tertiary and technical education.
He said the O’Neill-Dion Government has recognised the fact that higher education, science, and technology are significant aspects for PNG’s socio-economic growth and development.
Minister Tabar said the Department is also undertaking a review of our National Qualifications Framework to ensure that the qualifications our university and colleges are consistent, and transferable within PNG and internationally recognised across the globe.