Power cuts should no longer be an excuse for disruption to studying at the University of Technology (UNITECH) in Lae – thanks to ExxonMobil PNG.
ExxonMobil has come on board to assist the University of Technology by donating a 560 KVA generator. The generator will be used as back-up power supply to dormitories and the University Library.
Upon receipt of the donation, Vice Chancellor Dr Albert Schram said, “This timely support from ExxonMobil will help offset power outages at the University which disrupts studies, particularly at night”.
Dr Schram thanked ExxonMobil for the generous support during a handover ceremony at the University on Monday (October 13) which was witnessed by students and staff.
ExxonMobil also presented 40 laptops to the University which will be utilised by engineering students.
Dr Schram said; “This laptop donation is like giving a pen and paper to our students in this day and age when we are highly dependent on technology.”
Ms Sisa Kini, Community Development Manager for ExxonMobil, said: “We recognise the key role that the University plays in the development of engineers for the country, and of course potentially for ExxonMobil PNG. A number of our employees have come from this University and we are very pleased and proud to build on our relationship with the University.”
This is not the first time ExxonMobil PNG has engaged with the University. Engineers from the company have provided guest lecture sessions and supported the Voice Inc, an NGO based on UNITECH campus, to provide mentoring and share leadership experience with students. The company is also in the process of finalising plans for a formal intern program with the University.