Academic standard at UPNG ‘declining’


THE academic standard at the University of PNG has been declining over the years, says acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Kenneth Sumbuk.
Sumbuk, appointed this week by the interim council, said the academic profiles of the university had dropped compared to other universities.
“This matter is now one of the priority areas I would be focusing on in this 12-month period,” he said.
“We need to revive the academic standard of our premier university to where it was by ensuring that all our staff and students are performing to the expected standards and coming out as highly qualified and competent professionals.”
He said certain things had not been implemented well which had affected the quality of graduates.
“We will be looking into specific areas to address this issue. We will be looking into our academic staff including lecturers and professors and try to improve in this area,” he said.
“As we settle into the new academic year we will audit the 13 areas in the university management that has not been done. The university has been faced with a lot of challenges and some of those area include school fees, human resources, and other resources including financial and physical.”