New Britain Britain Palm Oil Limited (NBPOL) is the first corporate sponsor to pay in full, fees for its sponsored students at PNG University of Natural Resources and Environment (UNRE).
NBPOL training manager Benjamin Kaukia presented K78, 900.50 last Wednesday (Feb 16) to UNRE acting bursar Stanley Panap to cover expenses for seven students who are in their final year in the bachelor in tropical agriculture programme.
|NBPOL training manager Benjamin Kaukia (front left) presents the money to UNRE acting bursar Stanley Panap in the presence of other university staff|
Simultaneously, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the NBPOL and UNRE was signed for:
- Provision of academic reports or transcripts;
- Provision of disciplinary reports; and
- Reimbursement of any outstanding school fees or allowances from the institution to NBPOL.
This is the first time such an agreement has been signed.
Kaukia said the purpose of signing an MoU was to put in place control mechanisms regarding the sponsorship package and to agree on student performance issues during their studies.
He said in the past there were no arrangements guarding sponsorships and the MoU established proper accountability of funds and student record keeping.
According to Kaukia, selection of students for the NBPOL sponsorship was based on their industrial training and academic performance.
He said NBPOL had high expectations of the students it sponsored.
He said those students had the opportunity to be employed as cadets after their final year, but warned that the selection criteria would be tough.
The students will be assessed on their academic performances and overall report from the University on their behaviours, attitude and conduct.
Panap said it was the first time a corporate sponsor had signed an MoU with UNRE and called on other sponsors to do the same.
The signing and presentation was witnessed by representatives from the accounts, academic and student administration sections.
The seven sponsored students are: Amanda Talingapua, Robert Kelly, Felicitas Vutia, Thomas Tetu, Richard Kutemo, Raymond Geleteip and George Maniwo.