Notice of Proposal to Establish Innovative University of Enga

This notice serves to inform the General Public and the concerned stakeholders that the Enga Provincial Government has submitted a proposal to the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST) to establish a public university as Innovative University of Enga, in accordance with the Higher Education (General Provisions) Act 2014.

The Enga Provincial Government proposes to amalgamate the two existing State institutions Namely Enga Teachers College and Enga School of Nursing into a university. The two colleges will be amalgamated as faculties of education and nursing. Other proposed institutions will Eventually subsume into the University structure while undergoing establishment.

Pursuant to Section 105 of the HEGPA, MHERST is now inviting any person wishing to object To the application to lodge a formal written objection within a month of the date of publication.

Of this notice, DHERST will consider the application in two (2) weeks period after the date of publication of this notice.

State of objection under section 106 of the HEGPA shall contain the following;

  1. Name and address of the person making the objectin;

  2. Be signed by that person; and

  3. Specify in detail the grounds of objection.

All objections can be sent to the following address;

Dr. Francis Hualupmomi PhD
Acting Secretary
Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology
P.O Box 5117
National Capital District

Additionally, objections can also be sent to this email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more Information, call 301 2029 or 3017 045.

Authorized by
Hon Wesley Raminai, MP
Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology & Sports
Member for Kagua Erave

Korea Development Institute (KDI), School of Public Policy and Management, 2022 Spring International Admission.


 As part of cooperations between the Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade and the Department of Higher Education Research, Science and Technology, we extend an invitation from Korea Development Institute (KDI) for international prospective applicants for the 2022 Spring International Admissions.

 The KDI is holding an open house on Saturday,4 September 2021, 10:30 am (KST) regarding the above.

Programs offered are as follows:

 For Masters programs:

  1. MPP (Master of Public Policy)
  2. MDP (Master of Development Policy)
  3. MPM ( Master of Public Management)
  4. MIPD (Master in Intellectual Property and Development Policy)

For Ph.D:

  1. PP (Ph.D. in Public Policy)
  2. DP (Ph.D. in Development Policy)

 2022 Spring Admissions Online Open House

  1. Date and Time: September 4, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. (KST)
  2. Program: Introduction of KDI  School, offered programs, meeting with students, information of scholarships benefits and more
  3. Pre-registration link: YouTube link will be sent to registered participants only


  1. Online Application: September 6 (09:00) - September 27 (18:00), 2021 (KST)
  2. Document Review: September 28 - November 4 
  3. Document Review Result: November 5
  4. Interview: November 15 - 19, 2021
  5. Final Result: December 6, 2021
  6. Program Entrance: February 2022

 KDI recommends internal prospective applicants to participate on 4 September 2021, 10:30am (KST) to have better understanding, find useful information and interact with KDI school’s top notch faculty and students.

KDI application period for 2022 Spring Admission is from 6 September 2021 – 27 September 2021, 18:00hrs (KST).

Additional documents about the 2022 Spring Admissions Online Open House are available below.

  1. [Attachment 1] 2022 Spring Admissions_Application Guideline.pdf
  2. [Attachment 2] 2022 Spring Admissions_Web Poster.pdf
  3. [Attachment 3] 2022 Spring Admissions_Online Open House Web Poster.pdf


Call for Nominations for Governing Councils of Public Teacher and Technical Colleges in Papua New Guinea

The Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST) in accordance with the Higher Education (General Provisions)(Amended) Act 2020, now invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced persons for Membership to Governing Councils for Teacher and Technical Colleges in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

  1. Balob Teachers College

  2. Dauli Teachers College

  3. Enga Teachers College

  4. Gaulim Teachers College

  5. Holy Trinity Teachers College

  6. Madang Teachers College

  7. Melanesian Nazareen Teachers College

  8. Simbu Teachers College

  9. Southern Highlands Teachers College

  10. Reverend Maru Teachers College

  11. St. Peters Chanel Teachers College

  12. Port Moresby Technical College

  13. Madang Technical College

  14. Mt. Hagen Technical College

  15. Goroka Technical College

  16. PNG National Polytechnic Institute

  17. Kokopo Business College

  18. West New Britain Technical College

  19. Highland Agriculture College

  20. National Fisheries College


Section 143M of the Higher Education (General Provisions) (Amended) Act 2020 establishes the Governing Councils for all registered Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Papua New Guinea.


The membership of Governing Councils stipulated in the Act requires different nominations from different sectors of society including the public. For Church agency institutions, the Agency is given the opportunity to nominate up to eight (8) nominees to be on the Governing Council.


  • Determine the strategic vision and direction of the institutions and monitor its performance.
  • Provide oversight of the administration of the revenue, property and personnel of the institution.
  • Formulate policies and guidelines for the effective management of the institution.
  • Consider matters referred to it by the Academic Board.
  • Instill performance based culture that promotes an ethical, disciplined and productive institution which delivers quality education.
  • Approve the Strategic Plan, Business Plan, Annual Audited Financial and Performance Report and the budget of the institution for each financial year.
  • Make rules for the institution


Higher Education Institutions have the following functions outlined in the Act;

  1. To provide facilities for study and education in all subjects and programmes of study approved by the Council.

  2. To award and confer certificate, diplomas, degrees and such other award as may be approved by Council with such awards to be signed by the Chair of the Council and the Principal.

  3. Provide the Department (DHERST) with the names of all graduating students including awards to be offered.

  4. To work closely with the Department to ensure all programmes of study by the institutions comply with National Standards and any approved curriculum or national training package

  5. Develop affiliations with other education institutions to deliver additional courses and programmes of study as approved by the Council.

  6. To develop strong relationship with industry and business representatives, donors and potential corporate sponsors.

  7. To develop robust policies for the recognition of qualifications and attainment of learning from other educational institutions and the implementation of the National Standards.


Members of the Governing Councils will be paid fees and allowances under the Board (Fees and Allowances) Act 1955.


An independent Selection Committee appointed by the DHERST Acting Secretary will assess eligible applicants against the following criteria:

  1. Applicant meets the requirements of Section 1430 of the Higher Education (General Provisions) (Amended) Act 2020;

  2. Extent to which the applicant demonstrates in their application an understanding of the principles and practice governance and management in higher education;

  3. Extent of applicant’s relevant prior experience and expertise;

  4. Strength of endorsement of applicant from referees;

  5. Extent to which the applicant contributes to balanced range of expertiseor brings unique skills and experience or contributes to meeting the requirements and in respect of gender balance.


Applications must include;

  • A Cover Letter addressing the selection criteria;

  • A current detailed Curriculum Vitae with the names and contact details of three Referees who are contactable by email or telephone;

  • Fit and Proper Persons and Conflict of Interest Forms Applications must be submitted through email or hand delivered to:

Dr. Francis Hualupmomi, PhD
Acting Secretary
Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology
PO Box5117, BOROKO, NCD111,
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Attention To: Mr. Thimon Bune, Acting Deputy Secretary - Policy and Quality Assurance Wing and Chairman of Governance TWG

Interested applicants must obtain an Application Pack from DHERST or from here. Please Contact: 

Phone: 3012056, 3017046 or 3012061 or

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications must be received no later than 4:06pm,13th September 2021. Late applications will not be considered.

Reforming, Transforming and Unifying the Higher Education System in Papua New Guinea - Regional Workshops


The core objectives of the Regional workshops were to inform stakeholders particularly the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) of the Marape-Basil Government’s progress in implementing the Government’s commitment to reform, transform and unify the higher education system in Papua New Guinea. It was also an opportunity to receive feedback from the HEIs on relevant information concerning the five enabling key result areas namely: Budget; Governance; Human Resource; Programme Accreditation process for Private Training Provider Institutional; Digitalisation, and the; Registration under DHERST.

The reform is a direct result of the National Executive Council (NEC) Decision No: 54/1995 and No: 25/2017 to have all post-secondary institutions under the oversight of the Ministry for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology.

The higher education transition and reform agenda is also captured in the Marape Manifesto and in the Social and Law & Order Sector (SLOS) Strategic Framework 2019-2022.

Why Reform?

For more than three decades, the higher education sector has been fragmented across at least eight different Ministries, with all post- secondary institutions coming under different regulatory and administrative frameworks. This has resulted in uneven quality and very often funding diverted to non-priority areas of the Government. Many ad-hoc post-secondary courses and programmes have been developed without proper quality assurance oversight or very little engagement with industry or adherence to industry standards. Consequently, the planned reform are therefore, necessary to empower institutions under DHERST regulatory oversight; strengthen funding arrangements for church agency institutions; support all post-secondary institutions in contributing to national skills priorities and a highly skilled and competitive workforce.

Why workshop?

The aim of the regional workshops was to engage with the stakeholders especially HEIs, Provincial Governments and Provincial Education representatives in explaining the reform outcomes and in understanding their role as important changes in higher education take place during the transitional period over the next 12 months and the reform period beyond. The workshop provided an opportunity for the Ministry and Department to demonstrate the Government’s strong commitment to the transition and reform agenda; and offered participants an opportunity to contribute constructively to the ongoing transformation of education quality.

Stakeholder feedback

Participants from the HEIs at the Governing Councils and Administration levels across the country, Provincial Government and Provincial Education representatives from the Region, expressed their strong support for the landmark changes occurring in the higher education sector.

Many acknowledged that the reforms are the most significant to occur in higher education in over three decades. Very constructive critiques and feedback were provided to DHERST that NGI Participants Momase Participants Southern Participants Highlands Participants conveyed momentum and support for the reforms, balanced with the need for ongoing consultation with individual institutions, the reliability of core government funding and ongoing capacity development support.

Way Forward/Next Steps

Following the Regional Workshops (Kokopo, NGI- 15-16 July, Madang, Momase 22-23 July, NCD, Southern 26-27 July, and Mt. Hagen, Highlands 29-30 July), DHERST will continue its engagement with on-going dialogue and collaboration to rollout the reform agenda with further Consultative workshops. The next phase of the reform is the review of the National Higher and Technical Education (NHTEP) 2015-2024 and the development of the National Skills Development Plan. The restructure of the Department will follow the policy reviews and Development.

The Ministry and Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology will continue to engage with all stakeholders especially the higher education institutions in the country during the transition period.

Approved for Release

Hon. Wesley Ora Raminai, MP
Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology & Sports
(Member for Kagua Erave)

Status of the Academic Programmes at the Western Pacific University (WPU)

Minister for HERST & Sports Wesley Raminai

The Ministry and Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MHERST and DHERST) hereby clarify to the general public and stakeholders, about the status of the Foundation Units currently offered at the Western Pacific University (WPU).

It was erroneously reported in The National Newspaper on Wednesday 27th January, 2021 that the accreditation for the foundation units was granted by the National Higher and Technical Education Board (NHTEB). This statement made by the former Secretary for DHERST, Fr Jan Czuba, is, in fact, inaccurate, and does not reflect the decision of the NHTEB.

NHTEB only endorsed the delivery of the foundation year units whilst awaiting the submission of a complete degree programme from the WPU. It is important that a complete programme is submitted to DHERST in order for external opinion to be sought from a programme specialist to determine the quality of the programme and decision-making by the NHTEB.

All universities are required to submit complete programmes to DHERST for validation to ensure alignment with the requirements of the National Standards for Programme Accreditation and the Papua New Guinea National Qualification Framework (PNGNQF). This is for consistency across the higher education sector. A complete programme means a programme that leads to a qualification and award under the PNGNQF.

This process is important as it assists DHERST in the awarding of Tertiary Education Study Assistance Scheme (TESAS) to programmes in accordance with TESAS Policy.

With the current reform in the Higher Education Sector, the Ministry and DHERST are very serious on addressing non-compliance by individuals, institutions and corporations involved in the business of higher education. The focus is to ensure higher standards are attained and quality output is produced by institutions.

Individuals, institutions, higher education and corporations involved in the business of Higher Education deliberately providing misleading or false information to the general public will now be subjected to prosecutions under the Act.

Penalties stipulated under the Higher Education (General Provisions) Act (2014) and the Higher Education (General Provisions) (Amendment) Act 2020 will be enforced on non-compliance by the higher education institutions going forward.

Higher education institutions are reminded again to fully comply with regulatory requirements in order to benefit from the TESAS and the Higher Education Loans Programme (HELP).

Approved for Release
Hon. Wesley Ora Raminai, MP
Minister for Sports & Higher Education, Research, Science & Technology
(Member for Kagua Erave)