| PNG Bulletin
PORT MORESBY – Papua New Guinea prime minister James Marape will be in Ialibu, Southern Highlands Province on Monday 1 March to open the new Western Pacific University.
Mr Marape is expected to be accompanied by government ministers and opposition members.
The member for Ialibu-Pangia and founder of the university, former prime minister Peter O’Neill, is expected to give the welcome address.
According to the University Council, the morning activities will feature addresses and a dedication ceremony.
In the afternoon, Cardinal Sir John Ribat will lead a dedication service and bless the university’s students, staff and campus.
Then, in the final part of the ceremony, Mr Marape will officially open the university and the 2021 academic year.
There will be a presentation of gifts by Sir Peter Barter, chairman of the university council.
The university has begun enrolling its first students, with more than 300 to begin their studies in March.
These first students will all be enrolled in a foundation year program, which is compulsory for students seeking entry to the university’s bachelor’s courses.