The University of Papua New Guinea held its 59th Graduation today with the theme “Value of Quality Higher Education for a Knowledge based Country”.
The Graduation’s morning session saw the presentation of degrees to candidates, in the School of Business Administration, Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences.
Each student walked up the podium and received their degrees or diplomas with smiles. The candidates comprised of individuals from all walks of life including men currently serving in the disciplinary force.
UPNG’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Albert Mellam in his congratulatory speech, said when he took office in January 2013, the University was plagued with poor leadership, massive debt into the millions, aged infrastructure and corruption. The result of which was a cry for help from the University for financial assistance.
But with proper funding from the Government, donor agencies and relevant stakeholders, Professor Mellam reported that the debt has been significantly reduced due to the University’s sound management.
He said, UPNG for the first time in its history has one of the most modern ICT facilities and the academic staffs continues to commit to high quality training through continued focus on quality curriculum development.
Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Deborah Stokes was among the dignitaries at the graduation. She gave prominence to quality education and said that this is what produces a highly skilled workforce in any country.
Also there to receive his Masters, was Finance Minister and graduand on the day, James Marape. In his address, he challenged everyone to aspire to be employers, and not simply study to be employees.
A total of 1,319 fine and highly educated individuals graduated today with high hopes to succeed in their futures.
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