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Subject: Re: Component 1. national university system


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Date Posted: 11:49:00 11/03/99 Wed
In reply to: Walker 's message, "Component 1. national university system" on 22:33:37 11/02/99 Tue

For those who haven't seen this section Click NHEP Component 1 of Chapter 4 Here


In terms of Walkers comments about a national university system, I agree with the view that such a system will inhibit diversity of program offerings, limit flexibility in responding to local needs, and could be so cumbersome and more costly, will become a management nightmare because of the political infights both amongs campuses, schools, departments, units, faculty, and even national and provincial politicians where system campuses are located as a result of faculty or campus seeking local political support.

I think New Zealand had a national system which became diversified not sure whether in the 1970s or 80s. NZ has a similar population as PNG but perhaps with more resources. The difference of course is in the management of the national economy which impacts on the institutional effectiveness and quality as well. There are other differences in terms of academic quality, performance, etc.. which puts our system in bad light.

I hope the idea doesn't leave the paper on which it is written. What we want to encourage is diversity of programs, institutions, management and academic processes to cater for the diverse student population scattered around the remote parts of the country. Perhaps we should be looking at alternatives to making cost-effective use of our existing resources and as Walker mentioned, looking at diversifying funding sources together with working the financial regulations to accommodating the planning cycles of an educational entity.

Let's take a break here.

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