PAPUA New Guinea lost one of its most eminent academics today with the death of Associate Professor Jerome (Jerry) Semos, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Divine Word University in Madang.
Prof Semos, from Bougainville, passed away in the early morning hours after an oustanding academic career.
He was awarded a doctorate from James Cook University in Queensland for a thesis on Natural Resources, Nasioi Society and the Colonial and Post-Colonial State in Papua New Guinea: The Mining and the Undermining of Resource Sovereignty and Resource Development in the Bougainville Copper Project 1963 to 1990.
He went on to become a lecturer, senior lecturer and head of department of the University of Goroka.
Recognised as a visionary leader, he was put at the helm of the university during serious student strife which led to a crisis at the institution. He headed the Centre for Melanesia and later was appointed pro vice-chancellor before moving to Divine Word University.