15 Dec 2016

Lack of funding could shut PNG's main university

From , 6:03 am on 15 December 2016

Papua New Guinea's University of PNG says it will close it down unless promised government funding is received.

Earlier this year after weeks of a student boycott and unrest on the Waigani campus, the government granted the UPNG $US3.6 million in additional funding for maintenance to help it prepare for a make-up semester.

The university says it set two critical conditions for the re-opening of the academic year - security and financial support, and this has not happened.

The UPNG's communications manager, James Robins, says the money has not been forthcoming and without the university cannot open for its make-up semester in January.

Students attend a rally at UPNG.

UPNG students gathered in their thousands to demand that the prime minister Peter O'Neill stand aside to face questioning over a fraud case. Photo: UPNG4PNG