STUDENTS have returned to classes as academic and administrative functions at the University of Technology (Unitech) in Lae returned to normal yesterday. The graduation ceremony will be held on May 16 because of the month-long boycott of classes by students and staff to bring back Vice-Chancellor Dr Albert Schram . Schram said Chancellor Sir Nagora Bogan would confer the degrees on graduates.
“The students have been peaceful in their demonstrations and have convinced the government to do the right thing, after the Chancellor and staff organisations publicly came out endorsing my position as Vice-Chancellor,” Schram said.
“We thank Higher Education Minister Delilah Gore and Minister for Justice and Attorney-General Kerenga Kua for their help and support in this process.
“Chancellor Sir Nagora Bogan is now chairing a legally-constituted council and he will confer the degrees.
“Unitech’s academic board has discussed and approved a modified academic almanac for this year.
“The academic board is the supreme decision-making body in all academic affairs. It is not the council or the Vice-Chancellor.”
The Bogan-led council appointed Professor Muhammed Satter as acting vice-chancellor until Schram took over last Thursday.
“I am currently considering who will be part of the management team,” Schram said.
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