Dr. Albert Schram took over as Vice-Chancellor (President, Rector, equivalent to Chief Executive Officer) of the Papua New Guinea University of Technology on 7 February 2012, making a commitment to staff and students to be a transformative leader. His term has been renewed until 2020.
In 1994, he obtained his doctorate from the renowned European University Institute on the topic of European economic and business history. He attained the rank of Professor in 1999 at the Latin American University of Technology ULACIT in San José, Costa Rica, a country where he worked for over 10 years.
During his career, he taught more than 1,500 university students world-wide at all levels, and supervised over 20 master's and five Ph.D. theses. At UNITECH he teaches a course on Transparency and leadership twice a year, and co-facilitates the course on problem based learning for the Post-graduate Certificate on Student-Centred Teaching.
Dr. Schram long standing research interest is the impact of large technological systems on development, strategic management in higher education, and corporate social responsibility. He has a substantial number of peer-reviewed publications in the fields of management sciences, economic and business history, and environmental economics, accounting, policy and management.
In 1997, he published a book with Cambridge University Press, based on his PhD thesis. Recently, he published research on cell-phones in PNG, cultural values and sustainability, strategic management and global trends in higher education. Dr. Schram is a sought after lecturer and speaker, and has given guest lectures in the USA, Latin America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China and India.