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Kumul Petroleum Holdings supports UNITECH Engineering departments
KPHL Managing Director, Wapu Sonk (left) with Acting Vice Chancellor of UNITECH, Dr Ora Renagi.

Kumul Petroleum Holdings supports UNITECH Engineering departments

Papua New Guinea’s National Oil and Gas Company (NOC) Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (KPHL) today presented a cheque to the University of Technology, Lae to purchase equipment that will upgrade accreditation for engineering students to international standards.

KPHL Managing Director, Wapu Sonk presented a cheque valued at K144, 534.53 to help the University of Technology accreditation program to meet the Washington Accord; an agreement between selected governing bodies around the world that provide engineering degree accreditation.

Mr Sonk said, “The benefit of being part of the Accord is that it establishes the standard and benchmark for professional engineering education across countries. The Accord provides assurance that if an engineering degree is awarded by one of its member countries, the degree is then recognised by all other members in the Washington Accord.

PNG is not a member of the Accord yet but we are progressing towards that.”

He said the initiative by UNITECH to be part of this Accord will give worldwide recognition to PNG engineers.

The funds from KPHL will be used to procure equipment for engineering departments to deliver foundation subjects under the new engineering programs  due to be rolled out in February 2019.

“Engineering is such an integral part of our business here at Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited. I myself am an engineer. I graduated from the University of Technology with a degree in Mining Engineering. UNITECH has come a long way since. It has produced quite a number of engineering graduates who are now employed in not just the petroleum and mining industry, but in other fields as well, contributing to nation building.”

“KPHL also have a graduate development program where we take young graduates, including from UNITECH, and develop them to take on leadership roles in our industry.”

“Today we want to give back to UNITECH; because we believe this is a step in the right direction as UNITECH moves to having its Engineering programs to be accredited to international standards.”

“KPHL wants to help UNITECH achieve its goal of having fully-accredited professional engineering programs in identified fields.”

“This will elevate UNITECH’s international profile and attract more high quality students to the refreshed programs. In addition, it will enhance UNITECH’s reputation of preparing high quality engineering graduates with broader and improved international employment opportunities.”

Mr Sonk said KPHL’s participation towards meeting this accreditation was in line with its corporate vision to create opportunities for Papua New Guineans.

“We believe, with this donation, KPHL will in the long run, benefit from UNITECH’s initiative.”

Acting Vice Chancellor of UNITECH, Dr Ora Renagi thanked KPHL and said the University of Technology had identified the needs of the Engineering disciplines at the university and would use the funds accordingly to meet those needs.

Dr Renagi invited other companies in the petroleum and mining industry to come forward and assist UNITECH to progress towards receiving the Washington Accord and get international accreditation for its students.

Papua New Guinea’s National Oil and Gas Company (NOC) Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (KPHL) today presented a cheque to the University of Technology, Lae to purchase equipment that will upgrade accreditation for engineering students to international standards.

KPHL Managing Director, Wapu Sonk presented a cheque valued at K144, 534.53 to help the University of Technology accreditation program to meet the Washington Accord; an agreement between selected governing bodies around the world that provide engineering degree accreditation.

Mr Sonk said, “The benefit of being part of the Accord is that it establishes the standard and benchmark for professional engineering education across countries. The Accord provides assurance that if an engineering degree is awarded by one of its member countries, the degree is then recognised by all other members in the Washington Accord.

PNG is not a member of the Accord yet but we are progressing towards that.”

He said the initiative by UNITECH to be part of this Accord will give worldwide recognition to PNG engineers.

The funds from KPHL will be used to procure equipment for engineering departments to deliver foundation subjects under the new engineering programs  due to be rolled out in February 2019.

“Engineering is such an integral part of our business here at Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited. I myself am an engineer. I graduated from the University of Technology with a degree in Mining Engineering. UNITECH has come a long way since. It has produced quite a number of engineering graduates who are now employed in not just the petroleum and mining industry, but in other fields as well, contributing to nation building.”

“KPHL also have a graduate development program where we take young graduates, including from UNITECH, and develop them to take on leadership roles in our industry.”

“Today we want to give back to UNITECH; because we believe this is a step in the right direction as UNITECH moves to having its Engineering programs to be accredited to international standards.”

“KPHL wants to help UNITECH achieve its goal of having fully-accredited professional engineering programs in identified fields.”

“This will elevate UNITECH’s international profile and attract more high quality students to the refreshed programs. In addition, it will enhance UNITECH’s reputation of preparing high quality engineering graduates with broader and improved international employment opportunities.”

Mr Sonk said KPHL’s participation towards meeting this accreditation was in line with its corporate vision to create opportunities for Papua New Guineans.

“We believe, with this donation, KPHL will in the long run, benefit from UNITECH’s initiative.”

Acting Vice Chancellor of UNITECH, Dr Ora Renagi thanked KPHL and said the University of Technology had identified the needs of the Engineering disciplines at the university and would use the funds accordingly to meet those needs.

Dr Renagi invited other companies in the petroleum and mining industry to come forward and assist UNITECH to progress towards receiving the Washington Accord and get international accreditation for its students.

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