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Review Of The University Strategic Plan (2008-2017)

Seated L-R: Mr. Vincent Malaibe (Pro VC-PD&IR), Prof Albert Mellam (Vice-Chancellor), Dr. Nicholas Mann (Acting Chancellor), Mr. Jerry Wemin (Acting Pro-Chancellor), Prof Mange Matui (Acting Pro VC-ASA), and Senior Executive Officers, Directors, and Senior Academics on Motupore Island, 27/10/16.
 
The current University of Papua New Guinea Strategic Plan (2008-2017) was reviewed during two consultative workshops in 2016 and 2017. The workshops were facilitated through open dialogue between the Senior Executive Officers (SEOs) and the University Council. According to the Vice Chancellor, Professor Albert Mellam, this was a strategic action by the University to involve the Council Members in charting the next ten to twenty years of Higher Education service to the nation and the neighbouring Pacific Island Countries. Acting Chancellor, Dr. Nicholas Mann, and Acting Pro-Chancellor, Mr. Jerry Wemin, set the direction for the University through their presentations at the consultative workshop.
 
The first workshop was held on 26 -28 October, 2016, at the Lamana Hotel, and Motupore Island Research Centre respectively. External consultant, Mr. Noel Mobiha, was engaged by the University to provide his independent observations on the workshop proceedings. At the first workshop, external stakeholders were given the opportunity to present their perspectives on how the University should position itself during the next five to ten years. Notable external stakeholders include the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science, and Technology (DHERST);the Research, Science and Technology Secretariat (RST); Australian High Commission (AHC); and the Institute of National Affairs (INA). Apart from the external stakeholders, the University Council, through the Acting Chancellor, Dr. Nicholas Mann, was given the opportunity to set the focus of the University for the next decade. He reflected on the past 50 years of Higher Education service to PNG, and the neighbouring Pacific Island Countries. He stressed that UPNG has come of age to maintain its legacy as the Premier University of the Pacific, and challenged the Schools and Support Divisions to be more innovative and creative in pursuit of greater self-reliance.
 
On the second and third day of the first workshop, senior staff from the five Schools, the Open College, and the University Research Centres did presentations on their performance during the last five (5) years highlighting their achievements, challenges, and recommendations. Focus group sessions were facilitated under the six Strategic Result Areas (SRAs) of the current University Strategic Plan. These areas included Teaching and Learning; Research and Postgraduate Studies; Open, Flexible, and Distance Learning; Promoting and Assuring Quality; Facilities, Support, and Resources; and Governance, Management, and Administration. Through the discussion sessions, two new Strategic Result Areas were proposed and adopted by the workshop participants, Value Creation through Intellectual and Physical Properties, and Information Communication Technology. The University’s Planning and Development Division collated all of the workshop proceedings that guided the drafting of the revised University Strategic Plan (2017-2021).
 
The second review workshop was held at the Motupore Island Research Centre on 31 March 2017. It was the final opportunity for the five Schools’ Executive Deans, the Open College Executive Director, two Open Campus Directors (Buka & Kokopo), Support Division Directors, Senior Academics, and the Central Administration to review the first draft of the revised University Strategic Plan (2017-2021). Acting Chancellor, Dr. Nicholas Mann, gave feedback on the first draft, and recommended changes to be integrated in the final version. Feedback from the final review workshop was then integrated into the Second Draft University Strategic Plan (2017-2021) and presented to the University Council on 27 April, 2017 for their comments and inputs. The University Council resolved to call a Special Standing Committee meeting in mid May 2017 to give their feedbacks on the Draft Strategic Plan. A revised University Strategic Plan (2017-2021) is expected to be ready for publication at the end of July 2017, with implementation to commence in 2018.
 
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