Ambassador promises to support university

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CHINESE Ambassador to PNG Li Ruiyou has promised to support the PNG University of Natural Resources and Environment (UNRE).
His delegation from the Chinese Embassy in Port Moresby made the commitment when they visited UNRE last Saturday.
He was invited by Vice-Chancellor Prof Jon Warren to see the facilities built by the Chinese government 10 years ago. The facilities are deteriorating.
Ruiyou said it was a rare opportunity for such a visit, adding that it was good to see the facilities and decide how China could give further assistance.
He stressed that education in PNG was a priority of the Chinese government in terms of assistance.
“I’m looking forward to more cooperation between the university and Chinese academic institutions, not only infrastructure development but we can find out some academic cooperation,” he said.
Pro Vice-Chancellor, academic, Dr Samson Laup thanked the ambassador and his delegation for the visit.
He said the university appreciated the assistance of the Chinese government for funding seven dormitories and 20 staff houses.
But he said the facilities had deteriorated over the years because materials used were from China and were not suitable for local conditions.
Dr Laup said UNRE was a young, autonomous university and it appreciated continuous support from the Chinese government.

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