THE Government has allocated nearly K200 million to the Department of Higher Education, Research Science and Technology, says the Minister responsible, Malakai Tabar.
Mr Tabar said for 2015, the Government has allocated 51 per cent (K197.5 million of the total PIP social sector financing to the department.
He said funding to improve access and quality in the higher education sector would continue.
Separately, Minister Tabar also announced the department’s major projects for the year.
These are infrastructure rehabilitation and re-capitalisation programs.
Since 2012, the Government has invested in rehabilitation and re-capitalisation of six universities in order to improve access and quality of teaching and learning.
To date, the total expenditure is K102 million and a further K62.5 million is allocated for this year.
An additional K120 million was also allocated for infrastructure rehabilitation for technical and business colleges, teachers and nursing colleges.
To date, 700 students have passed through TVET skills scholarship program with a total funding K83 million allocated by the Government for this project.
Furthermore, Mr Tabar said an initial funding of K3 million has been allocated for Papua New Guinea Open University for feasibility studies and project preparations for establishment of universities in 89 districts.
Also, K12 million has been allocated for Western Pacific University to be built in Central Highlands, with infrastructure funding to be negotiated with donor partners.
This university will be applied technology based university with enrolment of up to 6000 students and the academic year to begin in 2017.
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