It gives me great pleasure to welcome you, our returning students, to the recommencement of Semester 1, 2020.

Your enthusiasm to resume classes is noted, but I am also mindful of your fears and anxiety about the Covid-19 crisis. Staff and students collectively share the responsibility of ensuring health and safety, and reducing the risk of contracting coronavirus by strictly observing social distancing. Your understanding and patience are essential traits because recommencing classes for Semester 1 will be a real challenge for both staff and students.

It will not be business as usual. Teaching and learning will be done differently from what you are familiar with. Effective communication is so important at this time. Every student MUST have a university email for effective communication and for blended learning. Face-to-face consultation will be limited. Your lecturers will only communicate with you through emails, and you will only be able to access online course materials using your personal university email <…This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>.

Semester 1, 2020 was disrupted some eight weeks ago, after Week 5 of teaching, when the nationwide State of Emergency was declared because of the Covid-19 crisis. The SOE was extended for a further two months, but the SOE Controller directed tertiary institutions to resume teaching and learning on 27 April 2020. The remaining lectures, tutorials, and practicals from Week 6 through Week 13 will be delivered through blended learning. For field work courses, students are required to contact the following strand leaders-Social Work; Journalism and Public Relations; Information and Communication Science; History; Gender Studies; and Philosophy. During the past two weeks, the School's academic staff have undergone training in technology enabling learning in preparation for the transition from face-to-face to blended learning.

If you have any queries, please contact the following staff at the School office.

Mr David Kombako,
Deputy Dean (Academic)
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Dr Matthew Leavesley,
Deputy Dean (Planning)
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Mr Herra Onno,
Executive Officer
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I hope that you are now mentally "switched on" and prepared for your studies through blended learning. Welcome to the "new normal" at The University of Papua New Guinea.

Professor Betty Lovai
Executive Dean
School of Humanities and Social Sciences