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4 students get master’s scholarships

24/12/2017

Four individuals have received master’s scholarships at the University of Papua New Guinea.

 

 

The scholarship basically emphasises on conservation and management of biodiversity.

 

 

It was given to them during a recent graduation and launching of the Centre for Biodiversity & Natural Products Division research and academic program.

 

 

The four were among 24 graduates who received certificates after completing a course called Module 1.

 

 

The main objective of the program was to address the issue of biological diversity in PNG.

 

 

The biodiversity centre comprises of academic programs and research.

 

 

According to Professor Simon Saulei, the master’s holders will do research in different aspects of biological diversity.

 

 

“The certificate comprises three modules but much of the emphasis is on how you organise yourself in community level,” says the professor.

 

 

Prof Saulei said this certificate program is part of the university’s initiative to reach out to the community.

 

 

Meanwhile, the second program they are developing will highlight the challenge some people face in terms of expensive university fees, or have dropped out of school, thus missing out on processes to get into university.

 

 

Meanwhile, the professor said the problem is people who talk about conserving resources are not putting money where the mouth is.

Author: Tracey Parr

Source: Loop PNG.

More Students Selected For 2018

 


An increase of more than 12,000 students from this year’s intakes will be seen entering state-run higher learning institutions next year.

 

The Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Minister Pila Niningi said all results would be made available to the public by end of this week and the list will also be published on the department’s website www.dherst.gov.pg

 

Minister Niningi said with the inaugural use of the online selection system, a total of 12,234 students have been allocated to a study program; that is 47 percent of the 25,848 who applied.

 

He said all students with a grade point average or GPA of 2.3 and above that met respective GPA and subject related entry requirements were allocated space within a Higher Education Institution.

 

First and second preferences indicated by the Grade 12 school leavers were used to allocate a place at institutions while GPA and subject related entry requirements were used for ranking of the selection list.

 

Mr Niningi said all other Grade 12 School leavers that selected the option to be considered for alternate offers were allocated space in the program to which they exclusively met the entry requirement and also to which additional space was available.

 

The minister added that the list is not a confirmed Tertiary Education Scholarship Assistance Scheme (TESAS) awards list. Government sponsored students will receive letters from the department.

 

Source: Post-Courier

Ministry Pushes For E-Learning In Tertiary Institutions

Source: Post-Courier

 

As of next month, smaller higher education institutions in the country will be assisted by the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology to create their own websites and internel protocol (IP) addresses. Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Pila Niningi, said this in Port Moresby last week.

“With the rapid progress in technology and the advancement in learning systems, we plan to establish e-learning in all higher education institutions in the country,” Mr Niningi said.

He said higher learning institutions in the world that use e-learning technologies are ahead of those that use the traditional approach towards learning. He said it was equally important to take forward the concept of non-electronic teaching with the help of books and teachers, but the importance and effectiveness of technology-based learning cannot be taken lightly or ignored altogether.

Mr Niningi added that some higher learning institutions in private and public sectors are adapting to the concept of e-learning, which help in nation progress.

“The ministry and the Department of Higher Education will begin to use a tool called cloud to protect, monitor and manage the performance and availability of data across all higher learning institutions in PNG.

Teaching Positions Advertised

 The 2017 Education Vacancy Gazette Was Ready For Distribution To The Provinces For Teachers To Start Applying For Tenure Or To Confirm Their Eligibility By July.

 

 


Exactly 42,517 teaching positions from community & primary schools, high schools and secondary schools, national high Schools, flexible, open and distance education (FODE), vocational centres, teachers colleges, inclusive education institutions and TVET institutions were advertised mid this year.

 

The 2017 Education Vacancy Gazette was ready for distribution to the provinces for teachers to start applying for tenure or to confirm their eligibility by July.

Source: Post-Courier

29 youths graduate with certificate to deliver health services

TWENTY-nine young men and women were the first to graduate from the Kungumanda Foursquare Community Health Workers Training School in Wapenamanda, Enga, last Friday.
Their qualification is recognised by the PNG Medical Board.
It was the school’s fifth commencement exercises – those who graduated in the first four years were unlucky as they did not receive a nationally recognised CHW certificate but still served in the health sector. Enga Governor Sir Peter thanked the Foursquare Gospel Church for partnering with the provincial and national government to train health workers.
He admitted that there is an acute shortage of the health workers in the country and churches play a huge role in bridging that gap.
He called on the new community health workers to serve with love, commitment and dedication. Enga health authority chief executive Aaron Luia presented the certificate of registration recognising the Kungumanda school as an institution with the licence to conduct private health training.
Church of the Foursquare Gospel in PNG president and Foursquare national education agency secretary Rev Timothy Tipitap said it was relief for the school which had copped criticisms in the past 10 years with claims it was not a recognised institution.
Principal Sr Marivic Serafina said Kungumanda was an institution of excellent standards that will administer the holistic approach on basic health education of the highest order.
“Go out and be the light that the world wants to see. You are representing Jesus,” Serafina told the graduates.
“The people that you touch and give medicines will receive healing.”

Source: The National

Trainees Undergo Two-Day Course In Petrophysical Interpretation

 

Eight Papua New Guineans were given a chance by Oil Search to undertake a two-day course on petrophysical interpretation in Port Moresby.
These trainees were from the Department of Petroleum and Energy (DPE) and Oil Search.
The course served as an introduction to petrophysics and its application in the oil and gas industry.
This is the second course following the Sequence Stratigraphy course, which was held in August.
Knowledge in petrophysics provides accurate measurements used to calculate the volume of hydrocarbons in a field.
In the oil and gas industry, an accurate estimate of the volume of hydrocarbons is critical in order to make key business decisions.
The training was conducted by Ray Spicer, a petrophysical adviser with Oil Search.
Mr Spicer has worked in many of the world’s petroleum provinces, with experience and exposure to both onshore and offshore drilling in Australia, Indonesia, PNG, New Zealand, China, Russia, Former Soviet Union, Middle East and North Africa.
He is an international expert with a career spanning more than thirty years in petrophysics.
“A lack of proper understanding of petrophysics can lead to poor decisions resulting in the loss of millions of dollars,” Mr Spicer told participants.
Boio Arua, acting senior geologist with DPE, and one of the five young female attendees, said the two-day course has taught her a lot.
“The key takeaway for me is the ‘quick look’, where you just look at the logs and you are able to quickly tell if it’s a reservoir or non-reservoir,” Arua said.
The underlying commercial rationale for the oil and gas industry is the finding, assessment, development, production, and delivery of hydrocarbons for sale at a profit.
Petrophysical interpretation helps geoscientists in many ways, but importantly it can help with reservoir identification and characterisation, seal and fluid identification, assessment of the amount of hydrocarbon in a reservoir and how easily the reservoir fluid will flow to the surface. It also provides valuable input for well-deepening decisions.

Source: Post-Courier.

Online Selections

Source: Post-Courier

 

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Students that sat for grade 12 national examinations this year are being selected through an electronic selection process for higher learning institutions in 2018.

 

The selection system was launched by Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Pila Niningi at Holiday Inn.

 

The system called PCG Academia now sets the pace to address transparency and cost-cutting issues for the selection process.

 

This year, selectors have gathered for the last time to do selections.  Next year and onwards,  all selections will be done online in institutions.

 

Selected Institution representatives have been trained to use the system.

 

Today, selectors in Port Moresby are finalizing selections with PCG Academia experts.

 

The launch in Port Moresby was witnessed by Enga Governor Peter Ipatas, DataCo Managing Director Paul Komboi and representatives from higher learning institutions.

 

New judges offer relief to jam-packed courts

By DAPHNE WANI 


THE judiciary is confident it will dispose of the backlog of cases with the increase in the number of judges, says Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia.
Sir Salamo said the swearing-in of five new judges of the National Court and Supreme Court by Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae yesterday had brought the total number of judges to 43.
“These new judges will relieve the more senior judges of their current workload of cases,” he said.
“The judiciary is confident that it will address the huge backlog of cases that are piling up in court.”
He said the judiciary was confident that it could now deal with pressing court cases quickly.
“We are confident that we will dispose of almost all of the election petition cases by June 2018, with the assistance of these new judges,” Sir Salamo said.
The new judges are Justice Jim Wala Tamate, Acting Justice Sinclair Peniel Gora, Acting Justice David Abiri Susame, Acting Justice John Ritchie Benaud Kaumi and Acting Justice John Kamane Numapo.
Justice Tamate will be based in Port Moresby and assigned to the human rights track to assist Justice David Cannings.
Acting justices Kaumi and Numapo will be based in the Lae National Court taking the number there to four.
Acting Justice Susame will be based in Kokopo to replace the late Justice Salatiel Lenalia.
Acting Justice Gora will be posted to the Wewak National Court to assist Justice Iowa Geita.

Construction of college facilities underway

WORK has started on the construction of facilities for the Enga Teachers College through a K33.5 million tax credit scheme funding from the Porgera Joint Venture.
Executive managing director Richmond Fenn said the mine was proud to partner with the government through the tax credit scheme arrangement.
“The province is fortunate to have a mine in this region. But I want to thank the Governor (Sir Peter Ipatas) again because there are few people that have as clear a vision about education as he has,” he said.
“And to think that he has been promoting education for 20 years, that is an amazing vision.
“It takes dedication to make it come true.”
The project involves the construction of three-storey 144-bed female dormitory and four-storey 192-bed male dormitory.
There will also be a mess hall with a 400-person sitting capacity.
Fenn said they were not only trying to build colleges but these colleges would eventually provide degree programmes.
Cardno PNG is the design consultant and HBS PNG will build the facilities. The project is expected to be completed in February 2019.

Teachers promised full payment of leave fares

By JIMMY KALEBE 


TEACHERS in Morobe have been assured they will be paid the full leave fares they applied for by the province’s division of Education and Morobe administration.

 
Morobe programme adviser Keith Jiram made the announcement yesterday in front of teachers at Tutumang Haus eager to collect their leave fares for their holidays.

 
Despite a shortfall of K1.3 million faced by the province, the education division and Morobe administration made available K8 million for teachers’ leave fares in its budget.

 
Jiram said the commitment was made following the Treasury Department’s announcement that teachers maybe paid 50 per cent of their leave fares or less due to the cash-flow problems the country was facing.

 
“We made this commitment in the province because we want to compensate teachers and appreciate them for their commitments towards teaching our children,” he said.

 
“They are entitled to it and it is their right to leave fares so we made commitments to the issue despite having some cash-flow problems as indicated by the Treasury Department.”
Jiram said the shortfall was covered by funds from other programmes.

 
Asked what the delay was in releasing cheques made available for the teachers to access, Jiram said the commitment was made last Friday.

 
He said the delay was due to the time taken for the printing of the cheques and the time it would take for the bank to clear them. “This processes should be completed by the end of this week or by early next week, teachers should get their fares ready,” he said.

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