An entry in the Crocodile Prize
PNG Chamber of Mines & Petroleum
Award for Essays & Journalism
ONE of Papua New Guinea’s most important national institutions, the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) is rotting away with time and ignorance.
According to official records, UPNG will turn 50 this year. However, on the eve of its golden jubilee, the once premier university of the South Pacific is on the brink of losing its vault of knowledge and its academic reputation.
During UPNG’s 56th graduation in 2011, Vice-Chancellor Professor Ross Hynes said that by 2015 UPNG would become the natural Papua New Guinean home of higher learning and research with all the necessary infrastructure and manpower.
He affirmed that the university administration had a master plan that would transform UPNG into a premier tertiary learning and research institution.