TO become globally competitive, PNG has to ensure that higher education is equally accessible to all students and is of quality and relevance.
Relevance to ensure it meets economic and local needs and at the same time is relevant and responsive to global demands.
Minister for Higher Education Pila Niningi presented his ministerial statement yesterday afternoon during the sitting of Parliament.
Mr Niningi said higher education is a tool that will help accomplish the country’s social and economic development needs both at national and international levels as envisaged in Vision 2050.
The Highlights of 2017 includes:
Higher and technical education strategic implementation plan 2017-2038
Introduction of the new pre-service standards based bachelor of education (primary/diploma) in teaching
Inaugural roll out of the national online selection system facilitated the national selections for the 2018 academic year.
Mr Niningi pointed out that future interventions were to be determined by the ministry and has anticipated a reformed, transformed and unified higher education system.
“The strategic focus areas through the department for the next two years include restructuring and improving staff capacity and assessing higher education institutions and establishing centres of excellence using the 12 standards for quality assurance and improving relevance and the quality of learning and teaching at centres of excellence.”
However he stated that change took time and it was his belief that when all stakeholders in the PNG higher education system work together, policy intentions for change will be realised.
“The higher education sector is not a burden to our nation, but is instead a long term investment.” Statement
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