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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, July 6) – The National Research Institute has appointed Dr. Thomas Webster as director.

He takes over next month from Dr. Richard Guy, who has been acting director for the past two years following the abrupt departure of Dr. Beno Boeha, who was investigated for alleged financial abuse.

Guy said Webster, who is currently the director of the Open College at University PNG, would bring with him strong leadership, administration and financial management skills.

When contacted, Webster said that by joining the institute, he hoped to assist policy-makers in formulating good policies to benefit the country.

He intends to work closely with the media to disseminate research information to the public so that they know what is happening and the reasons in order to make informed decisions.

Webster has a Masters in international education and also holds a Ph.D. from the University of Bristol in England.

In the past 30 years, he has held various positions in the Education Department.

He remains a Commissioner for High Education and remains a member of several education committees, including Accelerated Girls’ Education and the Public Service Reform Advisory Group.

July 7, 2004

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