Our motto has always been “Chemistry and Food for Everyone Everyday”.
The Department of Applied Sciences is one of the oldest and efficient departments of the Papua New Guinea University of Technology, located at the Taraka Campus, 8 kms away from the Industrial hub of Papua New Guinea, Lae. The department offers two four-year undergraduate degree programs: B.Sc. (Applied Chemistry) and B.Sc. (Food Technology), while the first year is a common (foundation) year.
When first established, the Department was called as the Department of Chemical Technology. The first student intake was during 1974. We also offer General Chemistry subject to Engineering (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Mining and Mineral Process) and Natural Resources (Agriculture, Applied Physics and Forestry) disciplines, Physical Chemistry subject to Mineral Process Engineering students and General Microbiology to Agriculture students.
The Department was never renovated since its inception. But with the generous donation from the National Fisheries Authority (NFA), we were able to refurbish the department by installing energy-saving CFL lamps, refurbishment of the entire building and its surroundings by painting, air conditioning units for almost all the lecture rooms and offices of the Department, which have certainly been a facelift.The Department has two chemical laboratories, one microbiology lab, one instrumentation lab and two lecture rooms. While the Applied Chemistry Section has seven full time staff, the Food Technology Section has six full time staff and one part-time staff.
All our Department subjects are non-elective, relatively more intense and prepare students for employment challenges including industries. Applied Chemistry graduates have taken up positions with a range of employers: mining companies, mineral, chemical, general analytical testing and quality control laboratories, beverage manufacturers, agricultural commodities, oil companies and LNG related projects, processing companies and Government departments such as Environment and Conservation, Minerals and Energy, Water Resources, Agriculture, Health and last, but not the least, academic teaching where future intellectual leaders and scientists for the Nation are trained. On contrary, Food Technology graduates take up positions related to production, food safety, laboratories, research and development, export, marketing, management and civil service. Graduates in Food Technology can also be employed in the agricultural, health, teaching sectors and Government departments.
Hoping to create intellectual manpower in the fields of Applied Chemistry and Food Technology for the Nation’s growth and sustenance………
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Dr. Janarthanan Gopalakrishnan
Head of Department, Associate Professor