FAMILIES from the Highlands will soon be able to send their sons and daughters to a university in their region when the Western Pacific University opens.

At a recent ground breaking ceremony at the site in the Ialibu-Pangia district, Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, said the Western Pacific University will make a massive difference for families, who will no longer have to send their children away for university.

“This university will take the burden of concern away from parents that comes from having their sons and daughters studying away from home.

“Very importantly this university will be a tertiary institution of global standard that will educate many of the best and brightest of the Nation’s future.

“The Western Pacific University will enrol 6,000 students and bring in lecturers and academics from Papua New Guinea and around the Pacific.”

In addition to accommodation facilities on the 19 hectares site, other amenities including the library, lecture buildings and recreation facilities.

Western Pacific University will become Papua New Guinea’s fith State-owned university and the seventh in the country.

The newly appointed Higher Secretary for Education, Father Jan Czuba, who has been the force behind the Divine Word University in Madang, has been tasked to manage the construction and establishment of the University.