UPNG CLASSES EXPECTED TO RESUME AFTER ETHNIC CLASH

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (July 21, 1999 – The National/Pasifik Nius/Niuswire)---Classes at the University of Papua New Guinea are expected to resume today after an ethnic clash among students on campus during the long weekend.

Five students have been hospitalized as a result of the clash between Chimbu and Western Highlands students.

Yesterday, the UPNG administration was forced to intervene and broker a peace deal following mounting tensions throughout the long weekend.

The incident was sparked off by a drunken brawl on Friday, which escalated into a free-for-all as student bodies took sides.

Police were called to the campus and placed the situation under control but it erupted again soon after the police left the campus.

UPNG security guards say they were short of manpower and were not able to stop the fight.

According to the guards, sticks, stones, bottles and bush knives were used in the brawl and five students were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

They said Chimbu students were chased off the campus and stayed away for the weekend until the university administration called them back for the peace deal.

Title -- 2231 EDUCATION: UPNG classes to resume after clash Date -- 21 July 1999 Byline – None Origin -- Pasifik Nius Source -- The National (PNG), 1030, 21/7/99 Copyright -- The National Status – Unabridged

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FRESH MOVES UNDER WAY TO SAVE UPNG SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (July 20, 1999 - The National/Abridged)---The School of Journalism and Library and Information Studies at the University of Papua New Guinea will be retained after some adjustments.

This was the proposal made by the acting vice-chancellor of UPNG, Dr. Cecelia Nembou, at a University Council meeting early this month, according to sources at the university.

Journalism lecturer Sorariba Nash said last Friday that he had been optimistic all along and the news gave the school some hope of survival.

"We have gone through a discouraging period. The news gives us a ray of hope that we are going to survive," Mr. Nash said.

He said that although talk of retaining the ICS had been discussed at the University Council meeting, a concrete proposal had not been put in black and white yet. "We'll just wait and see what really happens," he added.

Acting Dean of the Faculty of Social Science Lawrence Sause has embarked on setting the ground work to rationalize the ICS and is currently leading a small working committee to identify and rationalize programs and unused staff positions.

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