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Sunday, 27 May 2018

A Sad Ending: wrongful dismissal, malicious prosecution and unlawful detention

My Arrest

Now that I have safely left Papua New Guinea, I feel free to write about what happened after my arrest at Jacksons Airport on 1 June coming into the country, and all those things that were not reported in the national media. 

Relief: safe arrival in Singapore in transit to Europe

As Vice Chancellor (President) for the PNG University of Technology appointed for 2 terms from 2012 to 2018, I worked with 7 Ministers of Higher Education, and 3 different Chancellors. It has been a tumultuous ride, because in the 5 years I was on campus, there were 4 attempts to dismiss me mostly orchestrated by members of the government and their allies in the University council.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Hooray! Two important milestones for the PNG University of Technology

Letter from the Auditor General on our 2015 accounts.
See my interview on EMTV on 28 November 2017. See my earlier post on why the PNGUoT is the premier University in PNG.

UNITECH has reached two important milestones. The Auditor General's report on our 2015 accounts did not contain any qualification. We are now part of that handful of state agencies that received an unqualified report on our accounts.

Monday, 6 November 2017

On becoming a good University (part 5): opening of the 8th Huon Seminar 7 November 2017

Introduction

Dear Students, Governor, Minister, honoured guests, Council Members, members of Vice Chancellor's office, Head of Departments, Professors, Faculty and Staff of the PNGUoT, ladies and gentlemen,

Today, it is a great honour for me to open the 8th Huon Seminar, where over 40 stimulating papers are presented reflecting the research activity of our Faculty and staff from a PNG perspective. The word Seminar comes from Latin "seminarium" which means seedbed. I am also proud that all members of the Vice Chancellor's office have prepared interesting contributions, Prof. Gena, Dr. Renagi and Dr. Moshi. All participants today are expected to be seeds, yielding many fruits across the nation and the Pacific region.


Wednesday, 30 August 2017

PNG Business Advantage: Lae’s Unitech undergoes ‘cultural change’ to produce better qualified students

Link: Business Advantage PNG

The University of Technology (Unitech) in Lae is marking its fiftieth anniversary. Vice Chancellor Albert Schram tells Business Advantage PNG that the institution is undergoing a broad ‘cultural change’. The aim is to create closer ties with business and better qualified graduates.


Vice Chancellor Schram with graduates in 2015
Dr Schram claims that the university has become more accountable, is more transparent and is developing closer ties to business. He believes this will ultimately improve the employability of its graduates.


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Obituary for Dr. Larry Orsak

Dr. Larry Joe Orsak

15 October 1953, (USA) - 6 July 2017 (Lae, Papua New Guinea)

(An in Memoriam blog has been set up at https://lifeworklarry.wordpress.com/)

Since 2012, Associate Professor Dr. Larry Orsak has been the Head of Department of Forestry of the Papua New Guinea University of Technology (UNITECH). With the permission of his brother and family in the USA, he was laid to rest in Baitabag, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea, a place he did some of his most significant work, in a country which he unconditionally loved.


Thursday, 1 June 2017

How to transform a University of Technology

(Article Published in #191 (August 2017) Bulletin of the Association of Commonwealth Universities)

The Papua New Guinea University of Technology (PNGUoT or UNITECH) was modeled on similar institutes or universities of technology set up all over the commonwealth during the 20th century. Many of these Universities have not developed further, have completely run-down infrastructure, and produce substandard graduates. Many of these Universities are now decrepit, their curriculum sclerotic, and their operations have atrophied. How to transform them into functional institutions producing employable graduates is a major challenge.


With graduate from Simbu province
The PNGUoT is a case in point. In 1965 in colonial times, the PNGUoT was founded as an Institute by an Act of the House of Assembly, and in 1969 the 220 Ha the campus in Lae (Papua New Guinea) was opened by the Paul Hasluck, the Governor General of Australia. It was set up on a grand scale for about 3,000 students, which coincidentally is its current student population. The country became independent in 1975, but in the subsequent 36 years the state did not invest any funding in maintaining, expanding, refurbishing or building new academic buildings or infrastructure.

Friday, 21 April 2017

VC Schram's Graduation Speech 2017

Vice Chancellor's Speech at the 49th Graduation of the Papua New Guinea University of Technology

Acknowledgements*


Dear Students​, Parents and Sponsors​, ​Honoured Guests, ladies and gentlemen,

It is my privilege today to address the graduates of the 49th graduation of the Papua New Guinea University of Technology UNITECH, their parents, family members and sponsors. Welcome all to UNITECH, where tomorrow's leaders are forged!

This year, we present to our Chancellor graduates from all different programs:
  • ​50 Post Graduate graduates (of which 17th doctorate of our in-house doctorate program) 
  • 5 in our EMBA, which is by now well-established, 
  • ​and over 900 from our Bachelors programs. 
Today, therefore we add a total 967 UNITECH graduates of which 30% women, to the total number of about 15,000 alumni. We also acknowledge UNITECH Faculty members who obtained their doctorates at foreign universities since our last graduation: Dr. Ronny Dotaona from our Agriculture Department who obtained his PhD from Charles Sturt University in Australia.



Congratulations again the 23 new Police constables (2 of them women), all part of our UNIFORCE security services who graduated 15 April as a result of the MoU which I started to draft in 2012.