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National Higher and Technical Education Plan 2021-2030

File Download: NHTEP_2021-2030 (pdf)

The National Higher and Technical Education Plan 2021-2030 (NHTEP) is a 10-year aspiration of the Higher and Technical Education Sector in Papua New Guinea.

NHTEP 2021-2030 is a successive sector plan encompassing a review of the NHTEP 2015-2024 and maintaining the convention of 10-year planning cycles with 5-yearly review. A new 10-year cycle commencing 2021 was considered necessary for a range of reasons, primarily to focus on the significant reforms brought about by the 2020 amendments to the Higher Education (General Provisions) Act 2014 (HEGPA) and the transfer of HEIs to DHERST regulatory oversight in accordance with Higher and Technical Education Reform Act 2020. The NHTEP also incorporates elements of the Higher and Technical Education Strategic Implementation Plan 2017-2038 considered relevant to the 10-year planning cycle.

The NHTEP draws from the lead GoPNG policies notably PNG Vision 2050, PNG Development Strategy Plan (DSP) 2030, the Medium Term Development Plan (MTDP) III 2018-2022 and other relevant national plans and initiatives. The NHTEP is designed to meet the legislative requirements of the HEGPA through the five (5) strategic Goal Areas namely; Governance: Regulation and Management; Teaching and Learning; Research and Development; Resourcing and Partnership. These Goal Areas contribute towards achieving the vision of a vibrant higher and technical education system that is innovative in responding to and sustaining national development aspirations in the age of knowledge economy.

The mission is to educate and train innovative scientists, social entrepreneurs, and technicians to develop, translate and lead ideas responsibly in the age of the knowledge economy. In doing so, we generate wealth from our economic resources to advance social growth more sustainably and inclusively.

Achieving the vision depends on the following critical success factors:

  • Skilled Human Resources;
  • Sufficient resourcing;
  • ICT infrastructure;
  • Robust QA systems;
  • Collaborative partnership engagement both locally and abroad; and
  • Effective HT&E Sector coordination.

The implementation of the NHTEP will be guided by the values derived from the Ethics and Values-based Leadership Capability Framework of the PNG public service: honesty, integrity, accountability, respect, wisdom and responsibility. The NHTEP will be implemented by DHERST and its key partners and stakeholders.

Successful implementation requires effective collaboration, enduring political support and stakeholder ownership.



File Download:  NSDP_2021-2025 (pdf)

The National Skills Development Plan (NSDP) 2021 – 2025 is a five (5) year plan outlining the strategic direction for the development of the current and future PNG workforce.

NSDP 2021 -2025 is a sector plan taking cue from the National Higher and Technical Education Plan (NHTEP) 2021 -2030.

This plan aims to ensure the sector is adequately equipped with an effective, functioning Quality Assurance system, adequate infrastructure, facilities and equipment, appropriate and relevant teaching and learning resources, and standardised national curriculum or National Training Packages. 

This plan is premised on the fundamental principle of industry relevant training and skills development for every Papua New Guinean who aspires to attain a relevant technical training qualification. The plan is also framed to monitor and evaluate its implementation to inform future intervention strategies.

 The five (5) strategic priority goal areas of the plan are:

  • Management and Governance

Improve coherence and coordination of technical education institutions to achieve a sustainable operational business model.

  • Physical Infrastructure Development

To ensure adequate resources are accessible and contribute to skills development.

  • Teaching and Learning Resources

To train and develop human capacity, equipped with skills for employment, entrepreneurship and life-long learning.

  • Partnerships

Build strong and active partnerships with key stakeholders to produce a demand-driven skilled workforce.

  • Marketing and Communication

 To effectively inform all stakeholders of the opportunities of skills development training

Each strategic priority goal area has clear strategies and actions that are measurable by specific Key Performance indicators (KPIs). The deliverables or KPIs for each strategy have clear outcomes to be realised within the next five (5) years. Respective Wings and Divisions within the DHERST and key Stakeholders will be tasked the responsibility to implement each strategic priority goal areas.

The Government of Papua New Guinea, through the DHERST is committed to ensuring that we produce quality graduates with employability skills and current industry relevant knowledge.