O'Neill in the new university in the highlands. Photo credit: PNC/Getty

PNG to build ‘Western Pacific University’ in Ialibu

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O'Neill in the new university in the highlands.  Photo credit: PNC/Getty
O’Neill in the new university in the highlands. Photo credit: PNC/Getty

Jayapura, 17/12 (Jubi/PNGFacts) – A university called ‘Western Pacific University’ will be built in the highlands of PNG. PNG PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill says a new university will be built at Ialibu, Southern Highlands.

He made the announcement during the Grade 12 graduation at Ialibu Secondary School on Tuesday.
O’Neill said  his government has allocated K80 million  from the 2014 budget, with funding made available through a Chinese government grant to build the university. 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.

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