UNIVERSITY OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA ESTABLISHES

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FIRST LOCAL WEB SITE
By Winis Map

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 20, 1997 - Pacific Media Watch/Uni Tavur)---The University of Papua New Guinea is now linked directly, through locally established and operated facilities, to cyberspace. Previously, all connections were made through Australia.

The schools' first on-location website, offering e-mail and Internet services, was launched Monday by Vice-Chancellor Dr. Rodney Hills, at the University's Waigani campus, near the PNG capital of Port Moresby. The site was designed by journalism lecturer David Robie.

The new service will be maintained by the University of Papua New Guinea's journalism department. Establishment of the local site was made possible with funds donated by the Dutch agency, Communication Assistance Foundation (CAF).

Start-up experience with the Internet at the University of Papua New Guinea began last year, with assistance from the Sydney University of Technology. At that time services were provided by the Australian Center for Independent Journalism.

Meanwhile, 14 media professionals now are on the Waigani campus attending a week-long basic Internet and on-line editing course sponsored by the AusAID Pacific Media Training Project. The course concludes Friday.

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