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University of Goroka to set up University City

Plans are now underway for the University of Goroka (UOG) to establish a proposed university city.

UOG is committed to building a university city  over  the next 20 years.

UOG Chancellor Joseph Sukwianomb explained that the city will provide for an alternative environment for a university to grow.
University of Goroka . Photo by : P. Mape

Sukwianomb said it will provide for the local community and the country a place where students and the people can be proud of.

The city will be built on a 365ha land at Menifo, about 20 minutes’ drive from Goroka and is expected to be developed to become a fully-fledged Agri-Business Training Facility for Small Medium Enterprises.

It also aims to promote and conduct research, innovations, farming enterprises and training purposes.

UOG in partnership with Department of Agriculture and Livestock has already established some facilities for the Agri-Business Training Centre.

The transfer of land title will enable it to focus on developing a fully-fledged Agri-Business School for research, innovations, farming enterprises and training purposes.

The partnership between the two government entities is a way forward to address the prevailing funding constraints by UOG.

A Memorandum of Understanding is in place between DAL and UOG since 2012.

On March 15, 2017, Acting Secretary of Lands and Physical Planning, Terry Wanga gave the approval for the Reservation Right to be relinquished to UOG from DAL based on the MoU.

The Reservation Right have been formalised for UOG on March 23, 2017.

Sukwianomb said it is a big investment on the part of the government to give away the piece of land.

He added that the university aims to help local communities build the demand for resources, facilities like schools, hospitals and a market and to make that area become livable. LoopPNG/PNG Today
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