Hope programme will produce quality leaders

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THE new Master of Economic and Public Policy (MEPP) programme that the University of Papua New Guinea will offer will produce
high quality of capable leaders
that will contribute to economic growth.
Australian High Commissioner Papua New Guinea Bruce Davis during the launch said economic and public policy are areas of critical importance for a nation’s future prosperity.
“MEPP will develop individual Papua New Guineans to create technical ability who will than develop and implement policies for the nation,” Davis said.
“The programme will bring through great technical skills and leadership capability to contribute to PNG’s economic growth.”
He said UPNG is the first university in PNG and it continues to play an important role in educating the elites of the nation.
“Some of the great leaders of this nation came through UPNG and gone to shape and develop the nation,” he said.
Davis said the programme will continue to produce high quality graduates; technically skilled and capable leaders who will continue to apply that skills to develop the nation.
Meanwhile, Senior Lecturer of Public Policy at UPNG, Dr Lawrence Sause said the purpose of introducing homegrown MEPP programme is to address the development problems that the country is facing.
Sause said PNG need its own homegrown programmes like MEPP to build public servants so that they will have capabilities and skills to address development problems in the country.
“I encourage all of us to work together to see this programme be initiated this year and support it in the long term so that, instead of relying on other institutions elsewhere, we will rely on our own institution and in this case it is UPNG,” he said.

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