University of Papua New Guinea
|Motto||To be dedicated to the pursuit, advancement and dissemination of knowledge, understanding and wisdom|
|Vice-Chancellor||Professor Albert Mellam|
|Location||Port Moresby, National Capital District, Papua New Guinea|
|Campus||There are two major campuses in Port Moresby. Waigani main campus and Taurama Medical Faculty.|
The University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) is a university located in Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea. It was established by ordinance of the Australian administration in 1965. This followed the Currie Commission which had enquired into higher education in Papua New Guinea. The University of Papua New Guinea Act No. 18, 1983 bill repealing the old Ordinance was passed by the National Parliament in August 1983.
The university has moved from a departmental to a school structure to foster interdisciplinary and inter-school relationships.
The university since its establishment has not changed much in terms of the physical structures, mainly due to the government's lack of funding. Despite this it is still operating.
There are more than 15,000 students annually in Port Moresby campuses, five open campuses and 13 study centres.
There are programs in:
- Health Sciences
- Physical and Natural Sciences
- Social Sciences
- Sustainable Development
Problem-based learning (PBL) approaches are used.
- Kalkot Mataskelekele, President of Vanuatu
- Hank Nelson, historian
- Peter O'Neill, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea
- Mekere Morauta, former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea
- Paias Wingti, former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea
- Powes Parkop, governor for National Capital District
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