THE Office of Higher Education has decided to provide funding support for the bachelor of science and bachelor of agriculture courses under the school of science and technology at the University of Goroka.
The school has been conducting bachelor of science and bachelor of agriculture degree courses in agriculture, biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics for several years, however, students in these courses have not been considered for the tertiary education study assistance scheme (TESAS) scholarships up until now.
Following the formal accreditation of these science and agriculture courses of UOG, the Commission for Higher Education recently resolved to approve TESAS support for the bachelor of science programmes and the bachelor of agriculture extension programme.
From 2015, students selected for these programmes at UOG will be eligible for scholarships offered by the Office of Higher Education.
Over recent months, with support from the Office of Higher Education, the school of science and technology has been upgrading its laboratories and, from 2015, the university will have three new 6-storey dormitories with modern facilities available for male and female students.
The school is informing all secondary school principals, course advisors and Grade 12 school leavers to consider taking up science or agriculture at UOG when applying for university courses later this year.
Job opportunities for science and agriculture graduates include:
B Agr Extn (agriculture)
National and provincial departments of agriculture and livestock, the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), the Cocoa Coconut Research Institute, the Coffee Industry Corporation, the National Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection Authority (NAQIA), the oil palm industry and other private sector agro-industries, secondary and vocational school teaching, a large number of NGOs, community-based cooperatives and commercial farming itself.
Institute of Medical Research (IMR), NARI, National Fisheries Authority, NAQIA, brewing and canning industries, Binatang Research Centre, conservation organisations and NGOs.
Gold, silver, copper and nickel industries, petroleum refining, LNG and canning industries, palm oil industry, production of soap and detergents, brewing, confectioneries, explosives, fertilizers, paints, pesticides, soft drinks, sugar, Department of Environment and Conservation, Office of Climate Change (OCC), Water Treatment, and Government Departments.
Health and midwifery courses
The School of Science and Technology also contributes to uplifting of health of Papua New Guineans by conducting degree courses in health science and midwifery.
These courses have been accredited by the Department of Health and students studying these courses are eligible for scholarships offered by the department and the AusAID programme.
BSc (maths & computing)
National Office of Statistics, Information Technology industry, Department of Education and other government departments.
Telikom, National Weather Bureau, National Geophysical Survey, exploration companies, PNG Power and Department of Education.
lDr Basil Marasinghe is the excutive dean of the school of science at UOG.
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