UPNG introduced the Grade Point Average (GPA) system in 2002. This was primarily to complement the PNG Government’s new scholarship scheme for national students. But it is also appreciated by many others (private fee paying and international students). The University has developed a new student records system capable of calculating GPAs quicker.
The maximum GPA is 5.0. Students must score a GPA of 1.75 to progress.
A very pleasing feature of this system has been the increased standard of the new student intake. Every School’s minimum GPA for entry had been exceeded, foreshadowing an enhanced quality intake. This is exciting for an institution that must always be about academic merit and high quality academic performance. UPNG believes that excellent students and excellent staff result in an excellent university and excellent graduates. This latest development implies that the University is committed to producing excellent and qualified graduates who can compete successfully in any labour market of the world.
The academic year is divided into two semesters. Each semester runs for 13 teaching weeks, followed by one week of study break before examinations. In between each semester is a two weeks semester break.
The first semester commences in February and ends in May and the second commences in June and ends in September.
In addition, there are two short sessions of courses, called the Lahara session. For the first time UPNG begun having two of these sessions in 2004, each consisting of up to six weeks. The first commences at the end of October and the other early January of the following year.
UPNG’s tuition fees are low.
In our quest to train and develop adequate manpower resources of PNG and our neighbouring island countries, we believe in providing the best education to our students in the Pacific at a price that is affordable to all.