By LARRY ANDREW
THE International Training Institute campus in Lae had its 31st graduation on Friday.
It was a combined graduation for the October 2015 and January 2016 intakes which saw 298 students graduate. The theme of the graduation ceremony was “Developing and promoting human resources through quality training.”
Dr Janarthanan Gopalakrishnan, associate professor and head of the Department of Applied Science at University of Technology, was the guest of honour.
Gopalakrishnan told the graduates, parents and visitors that education had made a difference for nations that did not have natural resources.
These nations have exported professional and skilled labour.
He said the graduation was another milestone in the history of ITI and for the graduating students it was the first step for success.
He said nowadays not all students who completed Grade 12 got into colleges and universities but only those who were intelligent and competitive.
“Education is not easy to get, it is very competitive and expensive for you students, parents, families or sponsors.”
He said education should serve as a switch to operate the society and advance civilisation.
“Education is to improve your personality, to shape and bring attitude changes,” Gopalakrishnan said.
The dux award recipients in the October intake were Esther Simon, Vinnie Aremo and Terence Mandra.
The 2016 dux awards went to Winifred Tukavai (accounting), Apasa Dopen (HR management), Ligiris Jason Wak (computing), Anna Si’I (business) and Quinton John (sales) in the certificate category.
Anne Davuge (accounting), Stahl Kumsoro (HR Management), Caroline Joseph (management) Rita Kipau (Information Technology) and Lorraine Singin ( advance diploma in accounting).
By LARRY ANDREW