UPNG terminates 2016 academic year

By on July 6, 2016
UPNG Chancellor Dr Nicholas Mann (left) and Vice-Chancellor Professor Albert Mellam after announcing the termination of the 2016 academic year to students and staff at the Waigani campus in Port Moresby yesterday. Image via Nationalpic

UPNG Chancellor Dr Nicholas Mann (left) and Vice-Chancellor Professor Albert Mellam after announcing the termination of the 2016 academic year to students and staff at the Waigani campus in Port Moresby yesterday. Image via Nationalpic

The University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), in shocking move yesterday, announced the termination of the 2017 academic year with students ordered to vacate the campus by Saturday.

According to The National (July 6), Chancellor Dr Nicholas Mann, said the university council had reached the decision a week ago. However, it had to be vetted through the proper authorities for proper governance.

Mann also reportedly said the council had decided to do this because the environment was not suitable for learning at this point in time. He said:

The lack of peace in the heart of the students and staff is a tangible situation.

Mann further added that the other reason was because of the violence witnessed in June. He said while the classroom doors were opened, students continued to avoid class which was a clear indication of their unwillingness to come back due to intimidation.

The termination of the academic year will affect the main campus and School of Medicine and Health Sciences. However, the open campus and certain post-graduate programs will continue.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up at the Waigani campus with a curfew imposed on campus for both staff and students. According to sources within the campus, outside elements were seen among the students and there are fears that opportunists could use the situation to damage state property again.


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