Papua New Guinea University of Natural Resources and Environment

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Papua New Guinea University of Natural Resources and Environment
UNRE campus view
View of the campus.
Type Public University
Established May 15, 1965 (as a college of the then Department of Agriculture, Stock and Fisheries) by C.E. Barnes, Minister for Territories
Chancellor Professor Ken Sumbuk
Vice-Chancellor James Yoko
Students 750
Location Vudal, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Affiliations None
Website www.unre.ac.pg

Papua New Guinea University of Natural Resources and Environment (formerly known as the University of Vudal) is a university located in East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea.

Research at the University addresses some of the problems faced by the agricultural, fisheries, forestry and tourism industries of Papua New Guinea.

Brief History[edit]

The University established in 1965 as Vudal Agricultural College (VAC), a male only college of the then Department of Agriculture, Stock and Fisheries. The first female students were enrolled ten years later, in 1975. As such it can claim to be the oldest institution of tertiary education in PNG.

The college offered a two-year certificate and three year diploma training in Tropical Agriculture and made significant contributions to agricultural education and rural development in Papua New Guinea and neighbouring South Pacific countries. In 1992, VAC was merged with Papua New Guinea University of Technology. Five years later, the college became University of Vudal, an autonomous higher education institution through an Act of Parliament that was passed in January 1997.

In 1999, under inaugural Vice Chancellor Professor Walter Wong, a four-year Bachelor of Tropical Agriculture degree programme was introduced and the certificate program was phased out.

In 2005, the University Council, under the chancellorship of former Prime Minister and present Governor of New Ireland, Sir Julius Chan, unanimously directed that the University change its name and begin the process of internationalising from a one discipline University to a multi-disciplined one.

The name Papua New Guinea University of Natural Resources and Environment and logo was chosen from a public name and logo competition to promote a new training focus - training in the sound management and harvesting of natural renewable resources. While council endorsed these changes then, the Name Change Bill was passed in Parliament four years later, on May 13, 2009.

Following the resignation of Sir Julius as chancellor in 2007, another former prime minister, Sir Rabbie Namaliu, was endorsed by council as the university's third chancellor. Sir Rabbie, a distinguished statesman, served as chancellor until he resigned in January 2011. The university's first female chancellor, Margaret L. Elias, was appointed by council at the 50th Council meeting on September 30, 2011. The university's inaugural chancellor was the late Sir Alan Tololo. The current chancellor of UNRE is Professor Kenneth Sumbuk, who was appointed in October 2017.

Courses[edit]

  • Diploma / Advanced Diploma / Degree in Sustainable Tropical Agriculture
  • Diploma / Advanced Diploma / Degree in Sustainable in Fisheries Marine Resource Management
  • Diploma / Advanced Diploma / Degree in Sustainable Tropical Forestry
  • Diploma / Advanced Diploma / Degree in Sustainable Livestock Production
  • Diploma / Advanced Diploma / Degree in Sustainable International Tourism (from 2019)
  • Masters Certificate / Masters in Management Studies

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