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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 14, 2001 - The Independent/PINA Nius Online)---Research and effective post-graduate studies will improve the status of the University of Papua New Guinea as the premier institution in the Pacific, the university’s vice chancellor says.

Professor Les Eastcott made the comments while announcing the appointment of a senior biology lecturer, Simon Saulei, as Dean of the newly created Research and Post Graduate Studies Department.

Observers are hoping that programs carried out under Dr. Saulei's leadership in various research areas will boost UPNG's standing with other institutions of the world.

Professor Eastcott announced that Dr. Saulei was an outstanding candidate for the job.

Dr. Saulei's work as a scientist is well appreciated by many in the local and international arena, Professor Eastcott said.

Dr. Saulei comes to the position after a distinguished career in the PNG Department of Forests and in academia. He holds a doctorate degree from Aberdeen. He received his bachelor’s of science (honors) at UPNG and a master’s degree in Waterloo, Canada.

Meanwhile, staff and students will be rewarded for their performances in a move by the administration to increase productivity levels at the university.

Professor Eastcott introduced a number of awards aimed at recognizing excellence at the university.

Three categories of awards have been funded and will be awarded in 2001: The Teaching Excellence Award, The General Staff Excellence Award, and The Residential Challenge Shield.

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