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19 August 2018


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Albert Schram

Now Dr. Sumbuk is trying to spin the situation by denying the facts. He definitely threatened Prof. John Warren with legal action. We can take John's word for it. Moreover, John is not somebody who is easily scared, and he made an honest commitment to improve UNRE. He had been VC in PNG for over 2 years, and in this period, for example, he submitted himself to a grueling initiation ritual which he knew would make him very sick. The students in PNG are very perceptive, and they know who is genuine, and who is not.

Albert Schram

Interesting comments on the root cause of this. The PNG Universities as they are now, are credential machines serving a small elite only. Their programs are sub-standard, and none has international accreditation.

As a result, over 60% of the graduates are still unemployed six months after graduation. Private sector continues to hire people with real degrees.

Through influences and other means, the elite's graduates however find their way into the state owned enterprises and the public administration for life long job security and perks.

Meanwhile, the talented son or daughter of a small farmer will be frustrated for life, never finding work in the career of choice. The system is stable because the poor have no voice and no power. Anybody trying to change this, is seen as a threat to the stability of the system.

Lindsay F Bond

To speak less terse of wound to nurse
invites more hurts and warrants worse
toward stressed curse of universe
inverts, ignores, decays research
to heard said guess-caused Warren's burst
intrudes those lores that bound prized purse.

Barbara Short

A comment from one of the UNRE students...
I was there when he tendered his resignation. The students went on strike because they knew that PM was closely associated with Sumbuk and they wanted Dr. Warren to leave so that PM's wantok takeover the VC position. This will make it easier for PMPO to manipulate PIP funds earmarked for the University.
The information was posted by one of the students protesting.

So, if this is the case, then the problem goes back to the PM and his problems with money.

Barbara Short

It is very sad to read about what has happened at UNRE, the old Vudal.

All I can think is that PNG people do not understand the method of government of these institutions of higher learning.

There are so many PNG students in Australian universities these days one can only hope that they will speak out about the way this method of administration should work and the role of the Chancellor and the role of the Vice-Chancellor.

Maybe it goes back to their PNG Big Man concept which is in conflict with the western approach found in the way the western universities are run.

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