By JAMIE HARO
THE Institute of Business Studies University (IBSU) recently hosted its second graduation since it’s recognition as a university by the Government.
The university graduated 149 students – 118 from the IBSU and 31 from the Southern Cross University on May 6.
IBSU chancellor Gabriel Pepson said: “Although the IBSU is the youngest university in the country, we have tried to ensure students receive the best tertiary education, especially in business courses to prepare them for the future.”
Pepson said it was a major achievement for the graduating batch and also an achievement for the nation.
“Education is a key catalysts for any development in any country, this is why countries that are successful are those that deliberarly invested in education,” he said.
Pepson said the Government needed to invest more in education for our children who are leaders of tomorrow.
The graduating class of 2022 saw 56 students graduate with bachelor’s degree, 21 associate degrees and 41 diplomas from IBSU, while 31 bachelor’s degree from Southern Cross University.
Southern Cross University vice chancellor Prof Tyrone Carlin congratulated the 31 students who were part of the celebrations.
“The last two years have been a struggle due to Covid-19 but with hard work and persistence, you all persevered,” he said.
Top performing students from both universities were acknowledged with recognition of academic excellence by corporate sponsors, PNG Computer Society, Certified Practising Accountants PNG, Bank South Pacific and IBSU.
The privately owned institute was recently granted university status by the Department of Higher Education, Research and Science Technology and approved by the National Executive Council.
It will be included in the Government’s education policies.
This status has also created more spaces for students who have completed secondary schools and are looking forward to studying business courses.
By JAMIE HARO