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University of Papua New Guinea appoints permanent council after four years

After four years, the University of Papua New Guinea is confident to implement its strategies to transform the university with the permanent appointment of the new council members made.

In late January of 2019, the UPNG Council was dissolved by the then Higher Education Minister Pila Niningi when the university went through some kind of crisis.

The university had since been operating with an interim council up until yesterday, 11 confirmed appointees of a permanent council were made known through the swearing in ceremony of the majority of the members present.

“The permanent council for the university have been appointment following the public advertisement where a total of 41 persons applied,” said the chancellor Robert Igara yesterday following the swearing in of the council members yesterday.

“I take this opportunity thank all the 41 persons who lodged their applications through vanguard international and desired to serve and support the university.

Unfortunately, only 10 persons could be recommended for appointment as independent members of the council.

One appointment is a person to be appointed as the nominee of the secretary for Higher Education Research Science and Technology (Fr Jan Czuba).

“Four of the council members appointed were eminent Papua New Guinean women being sworn in. They were lady Winnie Kiap, Maria Kopkop, Kymberley Kepore, and Stretty Launa.

Other council members are Golye Gileng, Gerea Aopi, Peter Eafeare, Charlie Gilichibi, Clement Waine and Robin Fleming.

“The Secretary for Higher Education Research Science and Technology has also appointed former PNG Ambassador to EU and Chief Secretary to Government Ambassador Kalinoe as his nominee on the council,” Mr Igara clarified.

Mr Igara thanked the Minister for Higher Education Research Science and Technology Don Polye for reviewing and endorsing the report and recommendations of the interim council, and his directives to immediately appoint the council.