New university to be built in Western Highlands

Peter O'Neil
A new university will be built at Ialibu, in the Southern Highlands. This was revealed by Pangia MP and Prime Minister, Peter O’Neil, during the grade 12 graduation at Ialibu Secondary School on Tuesday, according to The National.

O’Neil said it would be called the Western Pacific University (WPU) and already K80 million was allocated from the 2014 budget with funding made available by the Chinese government. He said design and preparatory work is underway.

The PM added that the university would enrol 2000 to 3000 students, and would bring in 200 – 300 teachers which would increase business activities and the development of the Ialibu Township.

O’Neil also said other highlands governors supported having the university in his district because the people there are law abiding citizens.

A cheque of K500000 was handed to District Administrator, Ron Yamuna, for secondary schools in the district.


  1. First end the UNITECH saga. It is simple just give the university back their Vice-Chancellor by giving him a visa. Anything short of that will lead to blacklisting of PNG by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, which means no foreign academics will want to work in PNG anylonger.


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