45th Independence Celebrations in Rzeszow - Poland
Staff from the first cohort of Western Pacific University concluded their week’s celebration of Independence Day on Saturday, 19th of September. In typical Papua New Guinean Independence Day fashion, the Independence vibe began a week before the actual 45th Independence Day. The celebrations started with a photoshoot midweek with the cohort, as well as colleagues and acquaintances from the city, who gathered together to mark the day with a photoshoot in PNG colours, which included ladies in their meri blouses and a few in traditional attires.
On the 19th of September, the Independence Day was officially celebrated with a small kaikai of traditional meals, prepared by the Cohort and fellow PNG students from Warsaw who were invited as well. The day was also shared with friends from University of Information Technology as part of their engagement with the community and showcase of PNG culture. As they say, home can be far but it is always close in our hearts. We love our homeland, PNG.
Young women who will be shaping the learning culture of Western Pacific University
Meet Melanie Jugan
Melanie Jugan is currently studying for her Masters in Computer Networks at the University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszów, Poland. Upon completing this two-year program, Ms. Jugan will have gained professional knowledge and skills in creating, designing, implementing and securing computer systems and networks.
“Working for Western Pacific University came as an opportunity when hope was almost gone. My mum never gave up on me and continuously prayed for me and for my future. She was very proud of me when I got accepted to work with the Western Pacific University. I now look forward to returning in 2021 and meet my colleagues, students and start the next chapter of my life. Working at Western Pacific University will allow me to utilise my knowledge and skills and achieve professional growth as well as contribute to the successful development of the University,” Ms. Jugan stated in an interview when asked about why she had chosen to work for Western Pacific University.
Ms. Jugan graduated in 2019 from Divine Word University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems. Prior to that she attended Sogeri National High and Angoram High School before that. “In my childhood years, I actually never thought that I’ll be able to fully complete my education and get a job because receiving support from my family was not an option at that time. I was interested in computers when I was in high school and this lead me to further my studies in the IT field.”
“The achievement of my life lies not in the awards. It’s the values learned and gained from bad and good situations in the process of growing up. I hope to be an inspiration to the women and girls from my village and in remote parts of PNG. It doesn’t matter what kind of background we may come from and it may be true that the type of environment we associate with may have an impact on our lives. But I believe that we all have the power to change the perspectives about the way we see things in life and it starts within ourselves as individuals. To achieve something we need discipline, consistency and time,” Ms. Jugan said.
Meet Priscilla Uramina
“Growing up, I always loved working with my dad, fixing things around the house. From a broken scan radio to changing the water coolant from the car; my dad loved fixing and repairing things. This caught my attention to want to learn how to fix things too. Since my dad had a science background, I decided from an early age to be in the science and technology industry. While I was in high school, I realised that I wanted to be a teacher in the science and technology area so that I can teach the next generation what knowledge I have. I believe that education is the key to people making well-informed and better decisions for a better future. This was why I did not think twice to choose to work with WPU.”
In her mid-twenties and hailing from a mixed-parentage of Milne Bay and Simbu Province, Priscilla Uramina will be one of the tutors at Western Pacific University in 2021. Ms. Uramina is currently studying for her Master’s Degree in Information Technology, in the specialty of Software Engineering at the University of Technology and Management (UITM) in Rzeszow, Poland. She graduated from Divine Word University in 2019 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems.
“My parents have taught me that they can only show me the right way and I have to think and make choices myself. They have always supported me with my decisions. After my studies I look forward to working with new colleagues and in a new environment and learn as much as I can as well as contribute quality input to the university and the country as a whole.” Ms. Uramina said in an interview.
Meet Carol Winuan
“My main defining moment throughout my primary and secondary education was when I came to realise that education is the key to having a successful future. I believe that education helps people to think critically, develops positive personalities, and gives people the chance to have good careers. Education empowers people to help themselves, their communities, provinces and nation. The more educated we are, the better the services we can provide.”
Currently undertaking studies for her Masters in International Management at the University of Information Technology and Management in Poland, Ms. Winuan is looking forward to working at Western Pacific University upon the completion of her two year course. “My main reason for choosing to work with Western Pacific University is so that I can give back to my country by helping young Papua New Guineans through education. I am a believer of how education can positively change societies, and I feel that I need to take this on as a platform to help, whether it be imparting knowledge to students through teaching or in any other way, as long as I play my part to contribute to the development of our country.”
Coming from a mixed parentage of Jiwaka and East Sepik Province, Ms. Winuan spent much of her childhood in Jiwaka Province and West New Britain Province, where she attended primary and secondary schools in the respective provinces. She graduated from Divine Word University in 2019 with her Bachelor of Arts in Papua New Guinea Studies and International Relations. Ms. Winuan says that her family has always supported her decisions when it comes to education and her career path and that they always pray for her and that they are proud of her achievements so far.
“As a woman I know that education will provide anything that I want. I know the importance of being educated and I want every young girl, boy and adult to know that you can become anything in life if you take learning seriously. Education will take you places, give you your dream job(s), and put you in a position to be a world changer,” said Ms. Winuan.
Young men who will be shaping the learning culture of Western Pacific University
Meet Wingki Mainapo
Pictured left: Wingki Mainapo is one of the young men who will be contributing to moulding the learning culture at Western Pacific University. “I decided to work for Western Pacific University because WPU is going to be the first digital university in Papua New Guinea. It excites me a lot that I will be serving this beautiful country in a higher educational institution in building the future generation to be digital citizens.”
“I decided to work for Western Pacific University because it is going to be the first digital university in Papua New Guinea. I am excited about being part of it because it offers a great opportunity to rub shoulders with other professionals with a wealth of experience and because I will be serving this beautiful country in a higher educational institution and helping to build future generations. Education is for everyone and the students who come to WPU will be trained and taught to be digital citizens and competent with the current digital world.”
This is the response from Wingki Mainapo when asked about why he chose to work with Western Pacific University. Mr. Mainapo is managing the Online Learning Management System for staff and students at WPU and will also be tutoring Foundation Math for Foundation year students in 2021.
When asked about how he become interested in computers, he replied, “One memorable moment throughout my childhood that influenced my career was when my mother bought me a secondhand laptop for me to do my school work. I was interested to know more about computing. I got familiar with using computer software such as kids Encarta, computer games, Microsoft applications, video and audio players, paint and so on. My initial dream of becoming a doctor faded as I become passionate about computers.”
Growing up, Mr. Mainapo’s role model was Dr.Ben Carson. “Dr. Ben Carson is someone very remarkable in my eyes. I would read all his books and love all the best Godly quotes. Of all of his achievements, his remarkable standing in his profession and faith in God, I admire his determination, dedication and hard work. Reading and learning from his books has made a tremendous impact on my education and career choices.”
Mr. Mainapo grew up in Lae, Morobe Province. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Divine Word University in 2018, and two years after that he graduated with his postgraduate certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning.