Last Friday (11 July 2008) saw the University of Goroka successfully host its annual Open Day celebrations.
The day attracted many visitors from the general public, tourists, and students from local and outlying schools to attend and participate in all attractions at the event.
Displays by each university faculty and partner institutions proved to be very popular.
Some highlights on the day included: displays from each faculty of student projects; blind students demonstrating how they learn by Braille computers and typewriters; Science faculty demonstrations on the uses and capabilities of the electron microscope; cooking and sewing demonstrations by the Home Economics department; displays of sculpture and artworks by Expressive Arts students (fine arts); student poetry recitals by the Humanities faculty Language and Literature staff; interactive demonstrations by the university’s IT staff; methods of teaching and learning by Education students; and HIV/AIDS and STI awareness displays by Health section staff and students.
Vice Chancellor Dr Gairo Onagi welcomed all attendees to the Open Day.
“This university is for you…this University is made by people who join it.
“Feel welcome to come and join us,” he invitingly said.
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and UOG Open Day Committee Chairman, Associate Professor Dr Michael Mel, thanked all who attended and told students how important education was to their lives and reminded them that university study was for all.
“Dispela universiti em i ples tru bilong yumi”, he said.
He also acknowledged and thanked all students and staff who prepared for and participated in the event.
The open day came to an end with contemporary dance and music performances by Expressive Arts students.
The event was seen as progressing better each year and unanimously declared a success by all involved