The Vice Chancellor Professor Frank K. Griffin of the University of Papua New Guinea has advised staff and students, of the passing of his colleague, friend and one of their longest serving staff members, Professor John Luluaki.
In the notice, the Vice Chancellor stated that the Late Professor Luluaki was a much respected and loved academic, colleague, and friend of the University of Papua New Guinea.
He said the details of the cause of Professor Luluaki’s death were not on hand, but it was suspected that the Professor death may have resulted from a cardiac related issue.
VC Professor Griffin said the University would release more details concerning Professor Luluaki’s service and commitment to the institution. He also extended a word of comfort to all University students, staff and especially Professor Luluaki’s family, as they all come to terms with his unexpected and untimely passing.
PNG HAUSBUNG also spoke to the Executive Dean of the School of Law, Mr. Samson Kaipu, who offered up a brief rundown of Professor Luluaki’s academic history at the UPNG.
“Professor called himself a monogamous employer of the University since he has been educated here and remained here, until his untimely passing.”
Mr. Kaipu revealed that Professor Luluaki is the most senior academic within the School of Law, with a doctorate and over 35 years in his profession.
He was serving as the Acting Executive Dean of the School of Law, until a few weeks ago when Kaipu took up the role.
“Many of today’s Papua New Guineans Lawyers are his students and his passing has now left a big gap in the Faculty.”
Late Professor Luluaki from Yangoru in the East Sepik Province, was attending a conflict resolution workshop this past weekend, up in Sogeri, Central Province, when he felt suddenly ill on Sunday and was rushed to the Port Moresby General Hospital, where he sadly passed on.