19 Mar 2013

Investigation into PNG's Unitech troubles begins

7:52 pm on 19 March 2013

A five-person team, which was appointed by the Papua New Guinea government, has begun its investigations into the troubled University of Technology in Lae.

This comes after the vice chancellor Dr Albert Schramm was forced out of the country despite his popularity with both staff and students.

The government had initially planned a full commission of inquiry but has downgraded this to an investigation.

Our correspondent in Lae, Oseah Philemon, says while students want to see Dr Schramm back running the university, the investigation team, which is led by a judge, will have a narrow focus.

"Basically how Dr Schramm was appointed. The search for a vice chancellor to start with and how they found him and how they appointed him and so forth and so on. So they have actually started [ in Port Moresby] and hopefully they will come to Lae very soon but the judge also wants Dr Schramm to be brought back into the country so that he can appear before the investigation team."