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. The chairman of the Council of the Papua and

New Guinea Institute of Higher Technical Education, Dr J.A.L. Matheson, said in Canberra today that the Institute hoped to break new ground in the teaching of mathematics and science -

Dr Matheson said the Institute's director, Dr WoE. Duncanson, would draw on his teaching experience in Ghana and India in devising mathematics and science courses for the new institute. .

He said a major problem facing the institute was whether students coming up from secondary school would have a sufficient grounding in mathematics and ■ science.

Dr Matheson, who is Vice Chancellor of the Monash University, was appointed Chairman of the Council of the Papua and New Guinea Institute of Higher Technical Education last month following the death of Sir Herbert Watkin of Queensland. Dr Matheson is also Chairman of

the Australian Vice Chancellors' committee.

He returned to Melbourne this morning after discussions with officers of the Department of Territories and the Papua and New Guinea Administration.

The talks followed a two-day meeting of the Institute Council in Sydney when plans were discussed for the start of institute courses next year. ' ■

Dr Matheson said the institute was planning to admit its first students next year for the start of a five-year course leading to a Diploma in Civil Engineering and a four-year course leading to a Diploma in Surveying.

A maximum of 60 students would be accepted in February 1967 depending on the results of the Territory school certificate examinations just completed. The first part of both courses would include English, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

Dr Matheson said the Institute was now recruiting academic staff.

It was proposed after the preliminary year to teach such subjects as civil engineering, surveying, management and accountancy, mechancial and electrical engineering (which were still under consideration),

architecture and building.

( The next meeting of the Council would be held in Port Moresby in January. . · ■ ' ' ' .

Department of Territories, CANBERRA, A.C.T.

8th December, 1966.