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Subject: Re: Unitech situation messy

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Date Posted: Tue, Feb 26 2008, 05:40:09pm
In reply to: SB 's message, "Unitech situation messy" on Fri, Feb 22 2008, 08:36:20pm


I do not want to dwell a lot on my experiance as a student and of later times as a staff member at unitech but the observations I made earlier in this tread were situations that I had to manage while at unitech. There were times when staff from the department that I was working for were asked to undertake projects of a commercial nature and everyone involved wanted to be paid for taking part in the works carried out. Now if you read the by laws and Unitech Staff Handbook, there is no provisions for payments outside of normal salaries apart from allowances paid for travelling on business. These people are already paid very good fornightly salaries compared to people with similar qualifications working in other departments. What really got into my nerves was the productivity level of just about all the staff at the university, i.e both academics and non academics but especially the academics. The point that I am trying to highlight here is the fact that the unitech academics are paid alot of money for productivity levels that rank amongst the lowest for universities in the third world.

The measure of success for any process is the quality of output that comes out of if. The recent graduates from the engineering departments in unitech are classic examples. They are seen to be typically lacking in many areas. They do not even seem to grapse very fundamental engineering principles. Their mentors at the work place spent lots of company time teaching them the basics. This shortfall I say is due to the quality of lecturers at unitech. The student is as good as his/her lecturer. I believe the PNG government needs to invest more money towards university education for its young people by bringing in highly qualified and competent lectures to produce high flying graduates who can become immdeiate assets to their organisation. Unitech does not need politicians, they need academics who have a desire to see their students succeed.

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Date Posted: Wed, Feb 27 2008, 12:15:31pm

ummmm...that makes me thinking, SB!...

1. UDC contracted Tasks:
THough I have not read that handbook thoroughly, I know from experience that staff and or students engaged in UDC contracts/jobs are entitled to be paid a commission together with their TA for their extra tasks. This has been the practice ever since the prosperous years, i.e. 80s and 90s and still continues today. It is said to be a business norm at UOT.

2. Package Numeration:
An employees package differs from each other depending on their standards. Like were I work now, it is two grade pay higher than of a same grade paid in another. You may have the same qualification as with of your course mates but they may earn higher or lower then you. There are more to what you have thought to say!!

3.Productivity Level
Well, one has to understand the politics involved in promoting and investing on academics' creativty which enhances the productivity level. Innovative strategies are not established though well talked about by the misty preacher! I wonder if you have been given a chance to write a journal to be presented in a seminar or conference overseas during your stint at UOT? I have witnessed seniors who have been underminded and supressed by Bureaucrat's political bevels. The most fancied "BIO-ENGINE" or "BIO-DIESEL" project from Mechanical Engineering has never eventuated and will never come to fruition within the next 5-10 years. This was a typical example of the scenario here. If such incidents happen, how would one expect the world to rank our enthusiastic academics?

4. Yes, its sad state when graduates don't perform to expectations of the employers! but then we can't compare the performance of lecturers to quality of graduates, though! Lets have in mind that all the Engineering depts laboratories are hanging on line, even all the depts. If labs facilities are in poor state, what can the lecturer do for you? is it the lecturers' responsibility to purchase and maintain the required materials? Is it the lecturers' job to seek funds to finance the deficits? Students' can't point their figures at lecturers because it is a cooperative effort between the top and lower managements together with surbodinates to uplift the learning facilities, thus standard. As I have mentioned on my previous postings, lazy academics should be kicked out and favoritism, cronism , nepotism and negligence and ignorance should not be practised or entertained.

5. "The student is as good as his/her lecturer"
This is minor arguement because it reflects its true meaning at a high school situations not University. In UNi, you gotta work your guts out in school and after garduation and reap what you want, there is no spoon feeding at Unitech!

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