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UPNG business school set to enter new era

The University of Papua New Guinea’s leading business school has launched a new Master’s program to ensure more graduates have the skills and leadership capabilities to contribute to Papua New Guinea’s economic growth.

The Master of Economics and Public Policy will commence in 2017 and is targeted at qualified economics and public policy professionals in government, private sector and Non-Government Organisations.

This new degree was made possible through the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct, a flagship investment of the Papua New Guinea and Australia partnership.

The new Master’s program coincides with the development of the University of Papua New Guinea School of Business and Public Policy’s five-year strategic plan to set the direction for the school to 2021.

The five-year strategy will see the school makes the most of new learning infrastructure being delivered under its partnership with the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct.

The entire team at the School of Business and Public Policy recently participated in a two-day planning exercise to inform the new strategy, which includes the new Master’s program and a renewed focus on research.

Executive Dean Professor Lekshmi N. Pillai said strategy was part of a larger vision to cement the School of Business and Public Policy as one of the emerging schools of business and public policy in the Asia-Pacific region.

“We are the leading business and public policy school in Papua New Guinea and we want to continue to improve the quality of learning and research that occurs here.

“In 2019, we will move into a new building with improved learning and teaching facilities and several academic programs to match,” Prof Pillai said.

The School of Business and Public Policy is one of the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct’s key institutional partners, offering undergraduate and post-graduate courses tailored to the needs of public and private sector employers.

The Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct is a joint initiative of the Governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia to train capable and ethical public sector leaders.

The University of Papua New Guinea is a leading provider of Accounting, Business, Economics, Public Policy Management programmes at the undergraduate level and Business Administration, Human Resources Management, Strategic Management, and Economic and Public Policy at the Master’s level.