Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the Western Pacific University's website. We are delighted to share with you all developments taking place in Ialibu, where we are working on establishing a new University in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The role of the Western Pacific University (WPU) will be to drive the economic developments in PNG and to increase employment as further changes in technology, globalisation, and demographics impact PNG. Papua New Guinea needs professionals across all sectors: doctors, teachers and engineers, will be vital to PNG's future success, and higher education is central to providing those professionals.

One of my highest priorities as executive chairman is the development of an infrastructure for the new University, introduce new academic programs, sound facilities for students and staff, responsible governance, establish a financial model that inspires comprehensive planning and that ultimately allows the University to fulfil its vision and mission more effectively. The leadership and management of the WPU will emphasise transparent decision-making, incentive-based allocations, and sound stewardship of the University's resources. It will empower the academic faculties to be innovative and cost-efficient, and incentives will be built into the system to encourage entrepreneurialism among our deans, administrative leaders, and faculty and staff members across the University. Most importantly, this new long-range planning model will enable us to align our resources more precisely with our vision and core mission areas of education, research and service.

In 2016-2018, we plan to construct: Student's dormitories, library, students dining facilities, lecturer buildings, teaching workshops, students recreation facilities, administration building, WPU clinic, staff accommodation and staff recreation facilities.

Western Pacific University aspires to advance knowledge through research, provide technical education, be the leader in technology, innovate industries thus serving society by graduating conscientious and productive citizens.

PNG's development will be powered increasingly by a "knowledge economy". Knowledge-driven Economy means generation and exploitation of knowledge play the predominant part in the creation of wealth. Notably, and in line with the Word Bank statement, countries, which have adopted a policy of liberated academic access through networking and investing in the higher education with particular focus on new technology are also distinguished by rapid economic and social growth, and an enhanced and more effective democracy.

Future generations of Papua New Guineas will read in their historical books whether we offered the best education to this and the future generation or not. The confirmation will be the world around them. " That evidence will be the judge of our performance, but what will be written is up to us. Who we are, who we have been, what we want to be remembered for" (Bono). We cannot say to them we did not know how to offer affordable and quality education. We cannot say, we could not afford to do it, as we indeed can. And we cannot say, we did not have rea­son to do it, as we all care for the welfare of PNG and its people. Today it is up to us.

I am very appreciative of the work and commitment of everyone involved in this project as we are constructing new University in the 21st century. This new University will benefit all of us in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific as we continue to work together to invent our future through the quality of graduates that will emerge from our universities.

Thank you very much for your attention and we will welcome your comments.

Yours sincerely,

Fr Jan Czuba.