Posted By Staff Reporter
A new university will be build in the highlands starting next year. This was revealed by PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill during the Grade 12 graduation at Ialibu Secondary School on Tuesday. The university will be built in Ialibu in the Southern Highlands Province.
It will be called the Western Pacific University. O’Neill said K80 million was allocated from the 2014 budget, with funding made available through a Chinese government grant.
Preparatory work and designing are under way.
O’Neill, said the university would be built at the old Ialibu airstrip, which is on State land.
He appealed to customary landowners to free up their land for this huge development.
“The university will be enrolling 2,000 to 3,000 students and bringing in 200 to 300 teachers, which would increase business activities and development of the Ialibu township,” O’Neill said.
“To build a university is not an easy thing,” he said.
“Other provinces want a university in their districts but Ialibu is privileged to have one.
“We, the people of Ialibu-Pangia district, are fortunate to have this opportunity and must take ownership of such a project for the future of our children.”
He said Southern Highlands Governor William Powi and other highlands governors supported the university to be built in Ialibu because Ialibu-Pangia people were law-abiding and peaceful people.
At the graduation, O’Neill gave a cheque for K500,000 for Ialibu and Pangia Secondary schools to district administrator Ron Yamuna.
He will buy laptops and computers for all grades 11 and 12 students next year and graduating students this year.
PNG Facts / The National
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