The Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology has announced the resumption of the University of Papua New Guinea academic year.
EMTV News today interviewed UPNG Acting Chancellor, Dr. Nicholas Mann, regarding the beginning of the 2017 academic year in September.
Dr. Mann says that the 2017 academic year will consist of four semesters to ensure that quality education is provided, and to also cater for the 2016 Grade 12 student leavers.
The academic year will begin in September and first year students are expected to enrol in April 2017.
Dr. Mann said come September students are expected to re-enrol, and not re-apply.
He said that a reconciliation ceremony is set to take place before classes resume.
While dates are not set on when semesters will begin and end, Dr. Mann said the university senate has met to finalise academic dates.
Graduations for both UPNG main campus and UPNG’s Medical Faculty will go ahead as planned. Dr. Mann also reassured all Grade 12 students that 1,300 spots will still be available for them to apply for.
On the issue of students returning back to campus from other provinces, and the call from the Higher Education Minister for members to help with the students return, Dr. Mann said he expects members to act responsible.