International Students and the Student Exchange Program
Enrolment at the University is extended to international students also. Majority of the international students are from other South Pacific countries such as Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Cook Islands, New Caledonia and Western Samoa.
One of the major functions of the recently established Office of International Student Support (OISS) is to facilitate the development of the international students programme in the University. The Activity Plan includes development of an induction/orientation program for new students, incorporating other activities into the academic calendar for the international students, liaison with sponsors to regularise contacts with students, development of interpersonal relationship with staff and students through regular social activities and involvement in marketing of programmes overseas. A new residential facility was built recently for international students.
To foster and nurture a cordial relationship with its neighbouring countries and others in the region, the University has established various student exchange schemes. The Office of International Student Support (OISS) manages the current Student Exchange Programs with overseas universities.
The University of the Ryukyus/UPNG Student Exchange Scheme
The University of the Ryukyus in Japan and the University of Papua New Guinea signed an agreement in 2001 for one or two students to participate in the Student Exchange Program. The first student from UPNG to benefit from this programme commenced her studies in October 2002. Two students were offered scholarships for the 2003 and 2004 academic years. In the last nine years, one student has been selected each year. For the 2014 – 2015 academic year, two students have been selected and are set to travel to Japan in mid- September 2014.
Waseda University/UPNG Student Exchange Scheme
The Waseda University in Japan and the University of Papua New Guinea also signed an agreement for the Student Exchange program between the two universities. The first student to Waseda University was selected in the 2003 – 2004 academic year. Since then, a few more students have been selected.