Joint Media Statement by DHERST and IBSUniversity


We, the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST) and IBSUniversity (IBSU), hereby notify the general public that IBSUniversity is now registered as a private university in Papua New Guinea (PNG) under the Higher Education (General Provisions) Act of 2014 (As Amended)(HEGPA 2014).

After undergoing a rigorous compliance process against the National Standards for Higher Institutional Registration, IBSUniversity is now recognised and registered as a private university.

DHERST acknowledges that prior to complete formalization of the university status, the IBSUniversity has been issuing qualifications to students who are now employed both in the public and private sector.

As such, according to the registration, all stakeholders, including employers of graduates, higher education institutions, and the general public, are informed that:

  1. IBSUniversity, as a member of the Higher Education Sector in Papua New Guinea, is allowed to develop, confer and award qualifications of all levels according to the Papua New Guinea National QualificationsFramework (PNGNQF);
  2. All qualifications attained from IBSUniversity prior to its complete formalisation and from here on, are protected under HEGPA 2014 (As Amended) and are formally recognised by the government, industry, employers of graduates, professional bodies, and the general public.

We would like to thank the IBSU students association, alumni, parents and sponsors of students for their unwavering and continued support.

Issued on this 29th March 2022.

Dr. Francis Hualupmomi, PhD
Acting Secretary
Dr. Ramachandran Arunachalam
Vice Chancellor

General Notice - Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) for 2022

The Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) for Papua New Guinea Tertiary Students

The Ministry of Higher Education Research Science and Technology is pleased to announce that the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) will be available in the academic year 2022 for tertiary undergraduate students in registered and recognized higher education institutions in Papua New Guinea.

The HELP is an initiative of the National Government of Papua New Guinea aiming to facilitate access to quality tertiary education. It aims to address the increasing number of students unable to access post-secondary education due to a lack of financial resources. It will provide for all eligible higher education students an income contingent loan with a zero-based interest and loan balances adjusted annually for inflation while offering flexible loan repayments commencing on productive employment.

HELP’s financial component will be delivered as a student-loan program to support students’ learning, teaching and research fees in accordance with Funding Agreement between HEI’s and Department of Higher Education, Research Science and Technology (DHERST). The Tertiary Education Scholarship Academic Scheme (TESAS), which is a scholarship awarded on academic merit, will also continue in 2022 complementing HELP.

The fundamental eligibility requirement for HELP is that students must be enrolled in a university or a college that is registered to DHERST and the academic programs they are studying have been reviewed and are accredited.

HELP Application Eligibility for Undergraduate Students

  • Papua New Guinean citizen; and
  • Applicant is a current enrolled student at a DHERST recognized HEI;
  • Applicant is undertaking an accredited academic program; and
  • HEI has signed Higher Education Student Support Institutional Participation and Funding Agreement.

Intending applicants for HELP are advised to express intention of applying through their respective higher education institution manually, by completing and submitting a HELP declaration form to your registrar and/or Student Data Officer on campus.

HELP is an inclusive initiative and will also extend to those students who are self-sponsored. The program also embraces students who have not completed secondary studies and wish to return to further their education in a registered higher education institution.

HELP Important Dates

Intending applicants for the Higher Education Loan Program for 2022 are advised to consult the link: to obtain more information about the application process, especially important dates about the HELP cycle in 2022. Find below the table with important dates for your perusal. 

*Applications is made available to student once student is enrolled and registered at recognized institutions*

HELP Undergraduate Application Process

HELP Loan Amounts 

The amount that students will receive from their HELP Loan depends on the type of registered higher education institute they are studying in and the qualification level of the accredited programme as outlined in the PNG National Qualification Framework. 

The HELP loan amount is to cover cost for the current academic year only. Student’s applicants are strongly advised to apply only or the amount they need. HELP monies are non-refundable and any claims of reimbursement won’t be considered by DHERST.

Participating HEIs in 2022 

There are 55 technical and higher education institutions that would participate in the Higher Education Loan Program current year, 2022.


DHERST wish to advise intending applicants of HELP that each technical and higher education institution have their own fee structures which are self-mandated and NOT the DHERST. Hence, all compulsory fees that are requested by the respective HEIs must be met before a student can opt for the HELP.

Endorsed by 

Dr Francis Hualopmomi, PhD
Acting Secretary
Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology 

2022 Seoul Metropolitan Government and University of Seoul Master of Urban Administration and Planning Scholarship

The Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST) would like to extend an invitation from the International School of Urban Sciences University of Seoul for the Master of Urban Administration and Planning (MUAP) Scholarship from August 2022 - August 2024 in Seoul, Republic of Korea to public officials.

The Masters Scholarship Program is run by the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) and the University of Seoul (UOS). It aims to foster urban administration and planning capabilities for civil servants or professionals working in the public sector.

The requirements and details of the program can be found in the brochure (see below) or the ISUS website

Should there be any queries, kindly contact the Program Manager, Mr Gumin Jung, via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via telephone (+82) 2 6490 5197.

The deadline for applications is April 14, 2022 (Korean Standard Time) and successful applicants are expected to travel to Korea on August 2, 2022.

Authorized by
Dr. Francis Hualupmomi, PhD
Acting Secretary

SNU President Fellowship for Fall 2022

Seoul National University

The Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST) is pleased to convey and share information from the Seoul National University (SNU) announcing its SNU President Fellowship (SPF) for Fall 2022 Semester funded program.

The copy of the invitation letter from the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Program Application Guidelines and the SNU Application forms are attached for your information and necessary action.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Francis Hualupmomi, PhD
Acting Secretary


  1. SNU President Fellowship Application Timeline
  2. SNU President Fellowship Program
  3. SNU President Fellowiship Notification Letter
  4. SNU President Fellowship Application Guidelines
  5. SNU President Fellowship Application Form