Government is committed to support PNGUoT

Minister for Planning Hon Richard Maru was received by Unitech Acting Vice Chancellor Dr Ora Renagi and Pro Vice Chancellor-Administration Prof. Kaul Gena during the 50th Graduation Ceremony on 6 April 2018. Photo by Tabitha Wosse

By Augustine Dominic

Minister for National Planning Hon Richard Maru assured tertiary institutions in the country that the O’Neil-Abel government is committed to support tertiary institutions despite the fiscal challenges of the country.

Hon Maru was speaking as the keynote speaker during the 50th Graduation Ceremony of the PNG University of Technology in Lae on 6th April 2018.

He expressed gratitude to the University for reaching 50 years of providing tertiary education with over 20, 000 graduates despite facing many challenges.

“Our Government fully appreciates that the journey has not been easy, with funding difficulties, student unrest, the destruction of essential properties like the mess and many other challenges and hurdles you all had to overcome to reach this milestone and to deliver the 2018 Graduating Class today. Thank you for your commitment, patience and resilience,” said Hon Maru.

He assured that the Government remains firmly committed to supporting all institutions of higher learning including the University of Technology.

Hon Maru urged the graduands to aim for leadership roles in their respective communities of practice and be a role model for others to reflect on.

He added that the University Alumni Association which he launched the previous evening on 5th April 2018, was a key vehicle for networking, and partnerships for the development of the University.

“As I stressed last night the Alumni is UNITECH’s secret and most important strategic asset so develop the network, nurture it like a baby and it will do wonders for the University of Technology like it has for Universities the world over,” said Hon Maru.

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