By JUNIOR UKAHA
OUTGOING University of Natural Resources and Environment (UNRE) chancellor Prof Kenneth Sumbuk says the university is prepared to deliver academic programmes to students.
He said this when handing over the chancellor’s position to Dr Andrew Masta.
Sumbuk resigned as UNRE’s chancellor and is now serving in his new position as the acting vice-chancellor of the University of Papua New Guinea.
Masta will be acting in the position until a permanent appointment is made by the Government.
Sumbuk said that since the UNRE council’s appointment in October 2017, it had taken drastic decisions to develop the institution to qualify itself as a university.
He said the council had successfully put in place “a proper management and governance structure”.
It also introduced two new schools at the university — environment, governance and business.
Sumbuk said the university was now in the position to expand and modernise itself with new structures.
“I’m leaving this university as chancellor with lot of confidence in the council and the management,” he said.
“The new management and governance structure established will work for the betterment of this institution and the country.”
Masta commended Sumbuk for his previous leadership and congratulated him on his new appointment.
He was optimistic that Sumbuk’s appointment to the University of Papua New Guinea would create opportunities for UNRE to build strong partnership.
Sumbuk, in accepting his appointment as the acting vice-chancellor last month, said the university exists to provide quality graduates and that was the concern for all of us.
By JUNIOR UKAHA