Alumni Associations are fundamental to the life of many universities around the world. Only recently in 2000, the University of Papua New Guinea launched its Alumni Association to draw on the membership of over 11,000 students who graduated from here since its inception 38 years ago.
UPNG in the last 38 years of experience has seen its graduates become Prime Ministers, businessmen and others. The university has also produced graduates who have become leaders in the neighbouring Pacific Island countries.
The first president of the UPNG Alumni Association is a former PNG Prime Minister, Sir Rabbie Namaliu, who was one of the first six graduates of the University of Papua New Guinea in 1965.
The Association has introduced two categories of membership (Ordinary Membership and Life Membership) and former Prime Minister, Sir Mekere Morauta has joined the ranks as a life member and leads the group in partaking in the activities of the UPNG Alumni.
Membership is continuously growing since the launching. The Alumni Executive Committee has received expressions of interest from over 3,000 potential members so far.
Our intention is to attract membership from others in the neighbouring countries of Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji who had graduated from UPNG.
The Association encourages the participation of members in the growth and development of the University; seeks to establish mutually beneficial relations between members and the University community; promotes the interest of the University in the community, and most importantly seeks or raises funds to assist the institution meet its goals and improve its facilities.
The formation of the Alumni Association is a positive development in the life of UPNG.
The University Alumni's challenge is to make the association just as fundamental and as positive, not only to the life of the university, but also to making the nation better skilled and better trained, and more competitive, in a demanding regional and world environment.