Programme Accreditation

The National Standards for Higher Education Programme Accreditation was approved in principle by the National Higher and Technical Education Board (NHTEB) on the 13th October 2016 and formally adopted on the 29th of March 2017.

These set of standards apply to both higher education and to technical and vocational education and training (TVET) qualifications, as described in the PNG National Qualifications Framework. They apply to similar programmes, including foundation and bridging programmes. Typical qualification titles include the words ‘certificate’, ‘diploma’, and ‘degree’.
If a programme is offered by a university, or by an institution formally affiliated with a PNG university, or if the programme is part of an approved national TVET training curriculum, the programme does not need to be accredited by NHTEB.

Under the Act, the NHTEB may recognize the programme accreditation decisions of any other agency or professional licensing or accreditation body in respect of a higher education or TVET programme as meeting requirements of these National Standards.

All of the Standards must be met for programme accreditation to be granted.

Programme accreditation can be granted with conditions that an institution must implement.

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