By MUHUYUPE SORANZI
THE University of Papua New Guinea’s School of Business and Public Policy launched its new Master of Economic and Public Policy (MEPP) programme for the 2017 academic year.
The programme, which is a home grown postgraduate degree, was developed with support of staff from Australia National University was launched yesterday at the UPNG, Waigani campus.
Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology secretary David Kavanamur during the launching said this will increase the number of post graduate programmes offered in PNG and essentially address issues of quality and access to higher education.
“MEPP will enhance students and professionals with the knowledge economics, with emphasis on public sector economics and policy,” he said.
Kavanamur said through the MEPP programme, students will also gain exposure of up to date techniques and knowledge relevant to policy analysis in economics and public policy areas.
“MEPP will provide graduates with the social and cognitive skills needed to perform the roles required of leaders in the public and private sector,” he said.
He said apart from other key fields of study, UPNG continues to develop the required human capital for PNG and the pacific region in the area of business and management.
“According to the annual survey of higher education institutions in PNG; in 2015 UPNG enrolled a total of 53 post graduate students in the Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Human Resource Management.
“Now with the introduction of MEPP, it will further provide the opportunity for acquiring a post graduate qualification in the area of economics and public policy in the country,” he said.
He congratulated the UPNG Governing Council, management and staff for working together to make Master Programme a success and also those students who have been selected to undertake MEPP programme in 2017.
“You are the first cohorts and therefore I encourage you to perform to the best of your ability.
“We need graduates who will be creative innovators, to be leaders and to be able to tackle problems in a creative and constructive way and to operate professionally and ethically
By MUHUYUPE SORANZI