Unitech looks to future

Education, Normal

The National, Monday February 10th, 2014


THE Papua New Guinea University of Technology (Unitech) council has already made great strides in rebuilding the institution, Chancellor Sir Nagora Bogan says.

He said yesterday, when reacting to the former council, that Unitech could no longer live in the past and must work towards the future of Papua New Guinea.

“The council is working closely with the management to undertake a comprehensive review to set the strategic framework for the growth and development of Unitech, and a lot of work is already put into ensuring and uplifting the quality and benchmarking standards and metrics of the courses offered at Unitech,” Sir Nagora said.

“All Unitech financial accounts will be brought up to date and audited and the next phase is to streamline prudential controls of financial and resource management.

“On the infrastructure front, the government has assisted to upgrade the roads at Unitech, 15 new high-covenant houses for staff have been completed, a new dormitory has been completed, and we have started on the new sewerage system.

“There is more to come but it requires strong leadership and management. 

“The council is only human and not perfect and we need the full cooperation and collaboration of all stakeholders to make a difference.”

Sir Nagora said Unitech could no longer continue to dwell on the past.

“In short, the reality is we are living in a constantly-evolving world,” he said.

“Over the past 12 months, many changes have taken place and have overtaken what was the state of Unitech in late 2012 and early 2013. 

“We are now in 2014 and we need to move on and rebuild the governance cornerstone and restore the credibility and integrity of this great learning institution. 

“To continue to dwell on the past and wage self-centred and divisive actions is destructive and not in the best interest of the institution and let alone the staff, students, and parents and, ultimately, PNG.”