PAPUA New Guinea’s premier technical tertiary institution in Lae, Morobe Province has opened the 2015 academic year with the "asasumba walk" on Saturday.
The office of public relations at the University of Technology (Unitech) says the walk is a health fitness initiative of the Vice Chancellor Ora Renagi that will be staged every last Saturday of the month.
Unitech Vice Chancellor Albert Schram, in welcoming the 3000 student population and 1000 staff, said the last year was memorable with the students being magnificent, very eager to learn and it was a privilege and joy to serve with them.
"The new generations of PNG students, called ‘millenials’ or ‘generation Z’, have more in common with their peers elsewhere in the world than with their parents.
"They grew up with mobile phones and internet. They don’t choose to study at Unitech for a political career; they want to have a professional career. It is not the 70s and 80s any longer, where students become professional protesters," Mr Schram said.
He added that with lawful governance structure restored through the installation of a new council, the effective and legitimate management restored and end to his exile.
He said just a few individuals managed to spread malicious and baseless lies to keep him out of the country for no reason.
Mr Schram said the road ahead in 2015 for Unitech is to establish satellite campuses with provincial governments and private organisations that can assist with infrastructure.
He said the future is also tailored to a hybrid delivery of courses, partly theory and partly online access at the West Taraka campus as well as the satellite campuses.
"We are currently in conversations with Digicel and provincial governments in order to achieve this," Mr Schram said.
He acknowledge the introduction of the two years Executive MBA program allowing experienced professionals to upgrade their skills for managerial positions.
He said they will have 15 graduates for this year, a significant increase from only two last year.
"We also have the program for radiotherapy technicians, which this year will produce the first batch of three graduates, but next year there will be more."
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