The University of Papua New Guinea has confirmed receiving a portion of the K12 million funding support, for the recommencement of teaching and learning activities to complete the 2016 academic year.
These funds were approved through a National Executive Council’s decision in August 2016.
The Acting Chancellor, Dr Nicholas Mann, made several appeals for the promised funding to be released on time.
The university’s main concern was the lack of funding which impact the quality of academic programs and the graduates.
Dr Mann said to make this a reality; the promised government’s financial support must be forthcoming.
Dr Mann said they cannot close the university and will proceed with the 2016/2017 academic year.
However, in a press statement received by EMTV News on January 16, 2017, UPNG confirmed receiving the portion of the K12 million kina to address the cost of provision of essential services.
These services include catering and utilities incurred as a result of the student boycott and the extended academic programs and classes in 2016 and also this year.
“It will also address the extra costs of food, service providers and purchasing other materials for maintenance of operations,” Dr Mann said.