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Kumul Petroleum supports education  of engineers in PNG
Kumul Petroleum Managing Director Mr Wapu Sonk presenting a cheque of K340,000 to PNG University of Technology Chancellor Ms Jean Kekedo.

Kumul Petroleum supports education of engineers in PNG

Kumul Petroleum today presented a K340,000 cheque as support funding towards laboratory equipment at the PNG University of Technology (Unitech). In 2018, Kumul Petroleum assisted Unitech with an initial funding of K144,000 towards advancing quality undergraduate engineering programs.

 The engineering programs are accredited under the Washington Accord, which enables Unitech to produce graduates with capabilities to effectively engage in the PNG workforce at a globally recognised standard.

Kumul Petroleum Managing Director Wapu Sonk, a Unitech Mining Engineering graduate himself, appreciates the opportunity to give something back to the institution.

“I am a proud Unitech graduate and it’s an honour to support quality engineering programs through a globally established accreditation. We know the value of Unitech’s engineering programs – many of Papua New Guinea’s top engineers are Unitech graduates. We are proud of its record and the value the institution adds year in, year out.”

Mr. Sonk added that seeing the value in Unitech’s programs, Kumul Petroleum has been on Unitech’s Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) since its inception in 2015. Mr. Sonk himself was the initial member on the board.

Mr. Sonk commended the IAB for achieving provisional accreditation for the Engineering and Science Program in Q4, 2019. “The accreditation of academic programs makes education at globally recognised standards more accessible to Papua New Guineans. Engineers undertaking these programs are within arm’s reach of many of the big organisations in PNG. As such, the programs help create a quality platform for economic growth.”

The Washington Accord is an internationally recognised standard of delivering outcome-based engineering education, mainly focused on undergraduate programs. It facilitates a unified learning approach and is an agreement with numerous signatories, including Engineers Australia.

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