By Julie Badui Owa – EMTV News, Lae
Papua New Guinea University of Technology (Unitech) today (June 8) held its annual open day with displays of various projects the students have been working on. A total of 13 academic departments set up for the open day. Among the works displayed was the final year Civil and Engineering students’ model of an overpass bridge for the Kumalu River in Mumeng, Bulolo District of Morobe Province.
The River has claimed lives of many people and has also swept away vehicles and buried the Mumung Government Station. The projects are part of the students’ final year assessments where they had to use their skills with the aim of creating solutions to current problems in the Papua New Guinea.
A final year student from the Civil and Engineering Department, Shane Moin, says the model was constructed by combining three branches of civil engineering. 2nd year students from the department also had some of their projects for show. The items displayed were made from materials regarded as waste; a doormat made from betel-nut husks, gift bag made from waste papers including a chair made from a 20-gallon drum.
2nd Year student, Joanne Tangabi, said they used waste materials to create these useful products.
The program is an annual event that aims to provide information to Grade 12 students about the different courses offered by the University which will help students to make an informed choice of their career pathways available at the PNG University of Technology. The open day program was attended by representatives from all Secondary Schools in Lae and Simbu Province.