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Services and Facilities

In order to provide adequate support to all students a vast range of facilities and services are available:


There are two main libraries that serve the needs of the University. The Michael Somare Library located on the Waigani campus provides materials for the four schools - Humanities and Social Sciences, Business Administration, Law, and Natural and Physical Sciences. It includes some 500,000 volumes and over 2,000 current journals. As well it supports a number of on-line data bases.

The coverage at undergraduate level is good, and there are respectable research collections in the life and social sciences sections. The Law section collection of 25,000 volumes is noteworthy, with particular strength in Pacific and Common Law jurisdictions.

The Michael Somare Library has excellent coverage for all New Guinea, Pacific and Third World topics; and there is a separate New Guinea Collection in which one copy of everything published about Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya is placed. It has a unique collection of early photographs, which are heavily used for publication purposes.

The New Guinea Collection is one of the best in the world, and it now includes many items not available in the British Museum Library or not listed in the National Union Catalogue. Over the years, the New Guinea Collection has become a repository for institutional archives and personal papers and photographs, particularly of early church and mission records.

Other facilities includes a newspaper reading area, a paperback browsing collection, new-books displays, photocopying service, micro-filming, access to microfilm readers, tape-slide viewers, and loop playing machines and videos. Frequent exhibitions are mounted in the Library.

The Medical Library serves the Medical Faculty and medical and health workers throughout the country and beyond. It provides the usual range of lending, reference and information services and has a good range of audio-visual teaching materials. It is effectively the national medical library for the country and over half of the loans and reference inquiries are on behalf of non-Medical Faculty personnel.

This role has been recognised by the World Health Organization and the Department of Health and it has been nominated as the national focal point for health and medical information services.

Hi-Tech Lecture Halls:

The University has made a quantum leap into the use of multimedia equipment to deliver lectures. This follows the installation of a multimedia system into the Main, Arts and the Science Lecture Theatres. There are plans to extend this to the Taurama Campus in the near future.

It is anticipated that teaching and learning will therefore be greatly enhanced with the installation of the digitalised multimedia equipment to improve presentation of lectures.

The equipment has several features, which make teaching very easy for lecturers and lessons clear for students. The entire unit is controlled by the AMX, which is a state of the art automated system.

The AMX system is the brains and is capable of controlling lighting systems, sound systems, motorised equipment, projection systems and the air conditions systems.

The touch panel is programmed separately to suit each user's requirements and so it is a very user-friendly system that can cater for any situation.

The lighting is controlled by Dynalite Switching units and these also can be used as dimmers if the lighting is capable of being dimmed. The AMX controls the volume of individual inputs. A presenter can separately preview other sources while a class watches the main screen.

This is as good as any system anywhere in the world. The multimedia unit provides facilities for overhead scanners, CD and DVD Readers, Video Recorders and audio tapes.


A range of recommended text books written by local or international authors are always available in the bookshop. The University Bookshop is located in the Gunther Building at the Waigani campus. It exists primarily to supply textbooks and stationery to students and staff of the University. It also serves the public as a general bookshop and supplier.

All University of Papua New Guinea publications are stocked in and sold through the bookshop.


UPNG is devoted to teaching, learning, and research, and our students are an part of the university community. Hence we have a responsibility to look after them well by ensuring that accommodation facilities are available.

The building of a new 240-bed student residential complex at the Waigani Campus supports our commitment to providing adequate accommodation facilities for our students.

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The six building complex is named International House, and is assigned to accommodate international students.

The new residential complex compliments UPNG as a major higher education institution in the Pacific.

Other residential complexes are available to meet the needs of our student population at the two main campuses of Waigani and Taurama. These include Basic Twin Share, Single Rooms, and Single/Double with Ensuite.

Student Welfare and Services:

The Student Services Department, for administrative purposes, is centred at the Waigani campus with an office at Taurama. It is responsible for services in areas such as housing, counselling, health, catering, and sports and extra-curricular activities for students.

The students messing facilities are superb with finest quality meals served three times a day by one of PNG's best caterers, Eurest Catering Company Ltd.


This is a section of the Office of Student Enrichment. Counselling aims to help individuals realise their own potential and increase their capacity for positive and effective action.

Students are encouraged to use this facility, which exists to assist them in their University life.

The service is provided free and in confidence. No information is given out without the consent of the person concerned.

The Counselling Unit offers services in: Academic Problems: Personal/Interpersonal, Study problems and relationships, Appeal, Withdrawal, Assignments, Marital Problems, Social Problems, Family Problems, STD and HIV/AIDS, Family Planning, Career Counselling, Graduate/vacation, Job placement.

Chaplaincy Service:

The University has catered for students seeking spiritual guidance and help by establishing major religious denomination Chaplains on campus. These Chaplains can be contacted as required.

Each major Christian denomination has a chaplain who has an office attached to the Student Services Department. The chaplains provide and create religious awareness among students, organise activities for students on and off campus, and provide counselling to members.

In May 1989, the new Ecumenical Chapel of the Holy Spirit was opened on the main Campus, where combined services and fellowships by church denominations are held.


The purpose of the UPNG Security Force is to ensure that the campuses are a safe and sound environment in which to study.

The Security force has about 100 women and men who work in three Sections with a Headquarters element. Each Section is commanded by a Section Commander. The Sections work a 12 hour Shift and rotate between the Delta Shift (during daylight hours) and the November Shift (during night hours).

The main Security Base is situated on the Waigani Campus. There is an officer available on a 24 hours basis who can be contacted in emergencies.


Like other institutions, we try to take care of our students' health care. A medical clinic is situated near the senior students' dormitory, and headed by a director. The director is a qualified physician and general practitioner. He is in charge of a matron and four nursing sisters. The clinic provides basic health services: consultation, immunisations and simple treatments to students, staff and their families, as well as to members of the public from surrounding suburbs.

Sports and Recreation:

Over 800 different languages coupled with different ethnic backgrounds and culture is not a barrier as students can easily adapt to any group through participation in sports and social activities.

Many of our students are keen rugby league and soccer followers and players. The University Sports and Recreation Office (SARO) encourages and supports the sport and recreation activities of students.

SARO caters for all kinds of indoor and outdoor sports on campus (Inter-Varsity House Sports). In Port Moresby, UPNG registers several outstanding teams in various sporting codes.

There are a number of sports facilities available to students: basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, soccer, rugby and rules football fields, and others. A gym was opened recently for students.

SARO also controls the bookings of all University venues available to staff, students and the community, for social gatherings, shows, sports or films. The Open Air Theatre is a popular venue where plays and other shows are held.

Computer Services:

The Computer Services Unit is a service department under the newly created Information Resources Centre (which combines library facilities and Information Technology services). CSU provides computing services and technical support to the administration, academic and research staff, and the library. It also offers the University community assistance in data preparation, programming and applications design.

It looks after and services eight computer laboratories which students use to do course work. All our students have access to computers and the Internet for research purposes.

Technical Services:

The University's Technical Service section provides printing, and audio-visual services to staff for free or for minimal charges, depending on the purpose for which the service is needed. Audio-visual facilities such as overhead projectors, slide projectors, movie projectors, video equipment and others are available for lectures, seminars and conferences. Campus organisations may loan the equipment for screening movies.

The Printery prints a wide range of publications from lecture materials, student handouts, research books by staff, other publications, and administration printing needs. The Printery is equipped with modern offset printing machines and about 72 per cent of printing work is done for the schools' teaching requirements, 26 per cent for administration and 1.5 per cent for other University-related activities such as conferences and meetings.

Child Care Centre:

We do care for our married and single student parents and staff who have children. The University Child Care Centre operates a day care service for children between the ages of two months and five years. It has facilities adequate for as many as 50 young children, and is staffed by a qualified child minder and assistants.

Public Relations & Marketing:

The Public Relations & Marketing Unit is a friend to all students and staff all year round. It produces a fortnightly newsletter covering all academic and non-academic activity on the campuses. The unit produces other official publications of the University, handles media relations, tour arrangements for visitors and other official functions in the area of marketing.

It also has a Photographic Section with a range of digital equipment for ID photos, close-ups and studio photography, black and white processing, and a slide duplicating service for staff and students.