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IMPORTANCE OF COMPLIANCE WITH HIGHER EDUCATION STANDARDS

Dear Members of the Public,

I, as the Minister responsible for the Higher Education Sector, would like to inform you about the recent developments and initiatives in private sector establishments of Higher Education Institutions, particularly focused on Teachers' Colleges. While we appreciate and support the contributions of private institutions to the Higher Education Sector, it is crucial to ensure that these institutions meet the necessary standards for institution recognition and program accreditation.

It has come to our attention that several Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the private sector do not fulfill the Ten (10) Standards for Institution Registration and the Seven (7) Standards for Program Accreditation. To safeguard the interests of students and their sponsors, we strongly urge the public to verify the recognition status of HEIs with the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST) before enrolling their children. Failure to do so may result in wasted time, and financial committments.

We emphasize that all education providers in Papua New Guinea must adhere to the National Standards and operate within the legal framework outlined by the Higher Education (General Provisions) Act of 2020. The quality of education offered to our children should never be compromised. Therefore, HEIs that attempt to enroll students for the academic year 2024 without proper registration or program accreditation will be subject to penalties as stipulated in Section 53, 70, 70A, 100, 102, 114, 122 and 134D of the Higher Education (General Provisions) Act 2020.

Maintaining the quality of higher education is of utmost importance for Papua New Guinea due to several key reasons:

  1. Human Capital Development: High-quality higher education institutions play a pivotal role in the development of human capital. They produce graduates who possess the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies required for the social, economic, and technological progress of the nation. These individuals become valuable contributors to the workforce, fostering innovation, productivity and sustainable development.
  2. Global Competitiveness: In an increasing interconnected global economy, the quality of higher education directly impacts the competitiveness of a nation. Institutions that prioritize quality attracts students, scholars, and researchers from around the world. By cultivating a reputation for excellence, Papua New Guinea can position itself as a reputable and desirable destination for education, research collaborrations, and investment opportunities.
  3. Socioeconomic Development: A strong higher education system provides the intellectual and technical expertise necessary to drive socioeconomic development. Quality education equips individuals with critical thinking, problem solving, and entreprenuerial skills, enabling them to contribute effectively to the development of industries, entreprenuership, and innovation. This, in turn, leads to increased employment opportunities, improved living standards, and povety reduction. 
  4. Research and Innovation: Quality higher education institutions foster a culture of research and innovation. Through cutting edge research and development, institutions can address national challenges, support technological advancements, and contribute to the expansion of knowledge. Strong research capabilities also enable institutions to attract external funding, partnerships, and collaborations, further enhancing their impact and reputation.
  5. International Collaborations: Maintaining quality higher education is crucial for fostering international collaboration, and attracts international faculty and students. These collaborations enable the exchange of knowledge, experience, and cultural understanding, enriching the educational environment and promoting global cooperation.
  6. National Progress and Stability: A nation's progress and stability hinge on the capabilities of its educated population. Quality higher education equips individuals not only with academic knowledge but also critical thinking and awareness of social and ethical responsibilities. This helps to cultivate active and informed citizens who can contribute to democratic governance, social cohesion, and national development, thereby prompting stability and long term progress.

To ensure the quality of higher education in Papua New Guinea is crucial for the development of human capital, global competitiveness, socioeconomic growth, research and innovation, international collaborations, and national progress and stability. By prioritizing and maintaining quality standards, the national can lay a strong foundation for a prosperous and sustainable future. 

As the Minister responsible for all post-secondary education in Papua New Guinea, it is my utmost priority to safeguard the quality of higher education within the nation. To achieve this objective, it is crucial that only Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) with recognized and accredited academic programs are permitted to operate. 

I strongly urge the public to exercise caution and conduct thorough due diligence before enrolling their children in any HEIs this includes Universities. It is imperative to verify the legal operational status of these institutions to ensure that they meet the necessary requirements and standards set forth by the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST).

To obtain accurate information and address any inquiries or concerns, I encourage individuals to reach out to the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST). The department is well-equipped to provide guidance and assistance in confirming the recognition and accreditation status of HEIs. 

By being proactive in confirming the legitimacy of HEIs, we can collectively uphold the standards of higher education in Papua New Guinea and ensure that our students recieve the quality education they deserve.

I appreciate your attention to this vital matter and encourage everyone to prioritize the well-being and educational future of our students. 

Thank you and may God bless Papua New Guinea

Sincerely,

HON. DON POMB POLYE, CMG, BE (Civil), MBA, MIEPNG, MP
MINISTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION, RESEARCH, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AND SPORT

48TH INDEPENDENCE MESSAGE

Our Country, Our Resources, Our Responsibility

One Nation, One People, One Country.

On this Independence Day, we celebrate our country's pride, virtues, cultural richness, diversity and history and pay homage to our ancestors. Today we all are here to acknowledge our privilege of being born in a free Papua New Guinea and celebrate the 48th Independence Day of our country.

Independence Day is a cherished occasion that marks the birth of our nation, commemorating the moment when a people’s desire for freedom culminated in the establishment of a sovereign nation. It is a time of national pride, reflection, and gratitude for the liberties and rights that have been sought for and protected. It is the time to say thank you to
God.

Hence, every Independence Day, we not only celebrate our freedom, but we also pay tribute to the ones who fought during WWII for it, to the ones who held a vision for our country, and to the ones who sacrificed themselves for the same.

The idea of being an independent nation, where sovereign power lies with us to determine our future, places a huge responsibility on our shoulders. The significance of its beautiful story is that this nation has gained respect from the world for the democratic route chosen by it. The Psalm 33:12 says: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.” We are and will be blessed if we chose God to be our Lord.

On this occasion, our thoughts turn first to Sir Michael Thomas Somare the father of the nation, the man behind our struggle for freedom. Sir Michael Thomas Somare sought liberty from foreign rule and the indigenous social chains that had long incarcerated our society. Democracy gives us the right to live freely as proud citizens of a country. Today, we are fortunate to live in one due to the vision and our founding fathers.

Thus, as proud citizens of this country, it is our responsibility to sincerely perform our duty and progress together for the growth and development of our country. Keeping the sacrifices of our ancestors in mind, we should take an oath to carve a better future for our motherland. In the letter 1st letter of Peter 2:16 we read: “Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil”.

We shall ask ourselves today: What does Independence mean to me as a person and as a nation?

To me, Independence means to have absolute liberty of choice. It means that I can make my desired choices freely, without constraint. When I think of independence as a nation, it is the same thought which translates. Every citizen of an independent nation has the liberty to choose their government, their religion, their desired occupations and careers, and their preferred lifestyle. An independent nation is one where every citizen has access to human rights, is free to pursue different options in education, and is free to express himself/herself in the desired manner. However, we have to keep in our minds what the Bible says:” I have the right to do anything, you say – but not everything is beneficial. I have the right to do anything – but not everything is constructive” (1 Corinthians 10:23).

Most importantly, 16th of September, for me, is a day to pay my respects to all those who work hard for PNG's independence 48 years ago. Our freedom came at the cost of their hard work, commitment, sacrifices and we must not forget this.

Independence, for me also translates into responsibility and accountability. The freedom to make our individual choices comes with the responsibility to shoulder the consequences of those choices as well.

One cannot exist without the other. Independence and responsibility go hand in hand. As citizens of Papua New Guinea, we have a duty to our homeland which we cannot sideline at any point.

Today we observe and celebrate our 48th Independence Anniversary and we can be proud that we have matured and come a long way as a nation although we still have a number of serious political, economic and social challenges and problems that confront us.

But as we observe and celebrate this historic occasion, we should reflect on one of the major lessons we should have learnt as an independent nation and that is – independence does not automatically bring peace, progress and prosperity.

In fact, it brings new challenges and responsibilities and success as a nation would come depending upon how well we navigate the course of these challenges and responsibilities.

In our case, while we have achieved much, we could have achieved much more had not it been for some unfortunate periods in our health, education, social, economic and political history.

These unfortunate periods in our history denied this country a chance to fully unleash our human and natural resources potential for the socio-economic development and prosperity. But we are still young as a nation and with visionary leadership, quality of education, good health services, political cooperation and patriotic fervour, we could still achieve that burning desire of building a country of peace, progress and prosperity.

We have a relationship with our country and we need to make it stronger. Similarly, we also have a relationship with the natural resources of our country. It is also our prime responsibility to “serve to conserve” these resources to foster the passion and spirit of patriotism. As we all strive to contribute towards the success of the nation through various professions, we can serve the nation through conservation of its resources as well. Judicious use of the natural resources will ensure their sustainability in the long run.

Our youths shall serve the nation in several ways by adopting a profession that best suits them. Nevertheless, children can also serve the nation if they work hard and study diligently; they will be able to increase their knowledge and learn much in the process. This will also reflect the high degree of commitment for excellence in any desired field. We also need to establish a robust intellectual, scientific, technological, innovative skills development programmes matching international standards. We need to graduate Papua New Guineans in the highest standards to be 21st century workforce with high ethical values.

Hard work in any field will bring success and achievement of goals easily. Your hard work and sincerity will earn you recognition and your recognition will in turn earn recognition to the country.

All the physical and biological resources of our country are our own. They belong to all of us. Each one of us must have a sense of ownership so that we can treat all the resources as our own and take care of them.

Wherever we are, the resources of our country are our own and we need to foster this passion to stop considering someone else responsible for it. When we don’t take ownership of our resources, it will lead to environmental damage.

Our founding father Sir Michael Thomas Somare launched for us the vision 2050 by which he challenged us to advance development of our nation to be “smart, wise, fair and a happy society by the year 2050”.

We can achieve those objectives by investing in our children and youth through quality of education offered, improving health services, putting into practice our faith in God by respecting each other, honour our Constitution and demonstrate daily respect for law. We cannot forget where we came from, we cannot forget our ancestors who developed for us rich cultures based on universal Melanesian values which are expressed in partnership, harmonious relationship with each other and great respect for nature and the motherland.

As we celebrate this significant day, it is an opportune moment to delve into the timeless wisdom of the Bible and explore its verses that resonate with the essence about Independence Day. “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

May God bless each one of us, make us wise and responsible for this rich and beautiful Country.

Happy 48th Independence Day.

On behalf of the Ministry and Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology

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IMPROVED TVET FOR JOB EMPLOYMENT - JOB ADVERTISMENT

Improved TVET for Job Employment Project

Job Advertisment


We have job vacancies for an Administration and Procurement Officer, an Accounts Officer and 2x Driver (1x Driver for Port Moresby and 1x Driver for Mt. Hagen) to support the Project Management Unit (PMU) within the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology:

Administration and Procurement Officer

  • Execute the administrative and procurement functions/operations of the Improved TVET for Employment Project, including office space, equipment and utilities to support the PMU undertake its core activities.
  • Implement an occupational health and safety program.
  • Provide small team leadership and management.
  • Must have a minimum diploma in management, public administration or similar.
  • Salaries and benefits are equivalent to public service grade 12

Accounts Officer

  • Assist the Financial Accounting and Management Officer in the budgeting and performance review functions of the Improve TVET for Employment Project in accordance with the Public Finance Management Act.
  • Producing timely and accurate financial performance reports, and budgeting in an appropriate format for monitoring and evaluation purposes.
  • Must have a minimum diploma in accounting, finance, management or similar. 
  • Salaries and benefits equivalent to public service grade 10

Driver – Port Moresby Office and Driver – Mt. Hagen (Highlands Regional) Office

  • Must be able to work overtime/ at odd hours into the night, on weekends and during public holidays.
  • Be of sober habits, non-smoking/non-buai chewer preferred
  • Must have a Class 3 current PNG driver’s license or above
  • Must understand and be able to speak in English 
  • A character reference is needed from a reliable person or institution.
  • Salaries and benefits equivalent to current public service drivers grade 10

Interested applicants can either hand deliver, post or email an expression of interest with a brief resume along with relevant documents and a passport-size photo to:

Project Manager
Improved TVET for Employment Project
Project Management Unit
4
th Floor, NSLS Building. Waigani Drive
P.O. Box 5117
BOROKO, Port Moresby
National Capital District
.

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

All Expressions of Interest are due on 14th September 2023 by 4:06pm

This advertisement is authorized by Prof. Fr. Jan Czuba – A/Secretary DHERST

UNIVERSITIES AND RESEARCH INSTITUTES GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

The Ministry and Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST) plans through this workshop to assist all participants to have a better understanding of what it means to be a University or Research Institute Council member, Vice-Chancellor, President or Director within the changing context of higher education and research in the world.

The three main objectives of the Governance and Management Development Workshop are to:

  1. develop appropriate practical and workable policies;
  2. share experiences and information to enhance the Governance, Leadership, and Management so Universities and Research Institutes can embrace and appreciate better the current digitalized environment, and;
  3. use available resources effectively to achieve organizational and national goals.

The Ministery and Department are organizing this Development Workshop at Hilton Hotel on October 4th - 5th, 2023.

This Governance and Management Development Workshop will help to address current issues in Universities and Research Institutes such as:

  • Strategic thinking, Good Governance and Management.
  • Increase access through Higher Education Delivery Modes: Online and blended distance education.
  • Strengthening Research, Excellence and Ethics, Cooperation of Research Institutions and Universities.
  • Digitalization of the whole Higher Education Sector in Papua New Guinea.
  • Funding Universities and Research Institutes: Governance and Management Entrepreneurship, Trends and Innovations.
  • Intergration of Sports into a curriculum.
  • University-Community Engagement for Development.

This Development Workshop aims to improve the quality of Governance of PNG's Universities and Research Institutes, management, increase access, foster academic excellence and innovation, create University's pastoral, learning, and teaching environment for students to succeed as well as connect education peers and promote inclusion, discussion and drive for research and academic excellence.

 

Authorized by:

Hon. Don Pomb Polye, CMG, BE (Civil) MBA, MIEPNG, MP
Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology & Sport