Universities in PNG

 There are eight (8) Universities in Papua New Guinea. These universities offer some of the top courses, in medicine, Law, Business, Politics, Accounting, Education, Engineering, Human Resource, Banking, Health and Environment . 

The top universities are

  1. University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG)  - Government 
  2. University of Technology  (Unitech) - Government
  3. University of Goroka (UoG) - Government 
  4. Divine Word University  (DWU) - Catholic
  5. Pacific Adventist University  (PAU) - Seventh-Day Adventist 
  6. Papua New Guinea University of Natural Resources & Environment (PNGUNER) - Government 
  7. Western Pacific University (WPU)  - Government 
  8. Institute of Business University (IBSU) -  (Private) 

  •   University Of Papua New Guinea 
The University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) is the premier university in the South Pacific. It is located in Port Moresby, the Capital of Papua New Guinea.  The University's vision and motto are stated below.

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The Vision of The University of Papua New Guinea is to be the Premier University dedicated to excellence and providing quality education, research, and service to Papua New Guinea and the Pacific.

The Mission of The University of Papua New Guinea is to deliver excellent education and research results for nation building and global advancement towards an innovative and empowered society.

The University has five schools. These are
  • School of Business & Public Policy
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine & Health Sciences
  • School of Natural & Physical Sciences
Courses offered in each school can be accessed on the links above. 

  • University of Technology  (Unitech)
The Papua New Guinea University of Technology (Unitech) is located in Lae, Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea. It is Papua New Guinea's only technological institution, playing a vital role in the education of PNG elites, now contributing tremendously to the development of the country. Unitech has awarded since 2009 over 13, 029 degrees, diploma certificates to students mainly from Papua New Guinea and neighbouring Pacific Islanders. This represents a significant proportion of the Nation's professionally trained working population. Buildings worth seeing are the haus tambaran-style (spirit house) coffeehouse and the 36 Sepik-style carved pillars in Duncanson Hall. Parks and gardens surround the buildings. Unitech is located 8km out of town on Bumbu Road.

Lae is the capital of Morobe and Papua New Guinea second-largest city. It was once a tiny mission station before the 1920s goldrush at Wau, and later developed into a major seaport. The town is well serviced by banks, hotels, department stores, markets and artefact shops. Goldmining, birdwatching and butterflies can be seen around Wau and Bulolo in the hills south of Lae. Lae is linked to the Highlands by the Okuk Highway. 

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At present, the University has over 3000 students and it has the capacity to take many more as the numbers of qualified school leavers and mature candidates continue to increase, as well as accommodation space. Its academic life is centered on its 13 Academic departments, which provide advanced level teaching in the subjects of commerce, accountancy, management, commercial computing, agriculture, computer science, architecture and building, applied science, applied physics with electronics and instrumentation, radiation therapy, food technology, mining, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering, communication engineering, electronic engineering, forestry, language & communication, surveying, cartography and land management, with the range of courses expanding as its resources grow. One pleasing feature of recent years has been the steady growth in the number of female students, thus adding to the variety of both the academic and social life of the University as well as improving the “balance” of the community as a whole. The University attracts a number of mature students, but the bulk of its students come from the National High and Secondary Schools. Recruitment is at grade 12 level and equivalent. The length of courses varies between two years for certain diploma courses to five years for the degree programmes. Some courses contain one or more periods “in the field” for industrial or professional training, or literally in the field as in the case of Forestry, Building, and Engineering students. Whatever the length of the course, all students can be assured, that they are getting the very best training available in Papua New Guinea in those areas in which they will in due course, assume their professional responsibilities.

  • Undergraduate Courses at University of Technology 
  • Post Graduate Courses at University of Technology 

University of Goroka (UOG) 

  • University of Goroka Entry Requirements

The University of Goroka  is one of the premier universities in Papua New Guinea (PNG)  and is by far the largest teacher education institution. The University is located in Goroka, Capital of Eastern Highlands Province. 

The entry requirements for University of Goroka varies. Check the admission Requirements on each of the following links. 
Divine Word University (DWU)

Divine Word University (DWU) is a National University and a leading tertiary institution in Papua New Guinea. Formerly Divine Word Institute, it was established by an Act of Parliament in 1980 and was established as a University in 1996. DWU It is ecumenical, coeducational and privately governed with government support.

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Their  vision is to be a National University, open to all, serving society through its quality of research, teaching, learning and community service in a Christian environment. DWU offers its educational services to those interested in improving themselves intellectually and spiritually so they can become responsible citizens and positively contribute to the development of society.  DWU’s philosophy of education is rooted in the Catholic tradition and well articulated in the University Charter.

The University is open to everyone, regardless of race, creed, colour or gender, who shares its vision to serve society through its teaching and research in a Christian environment. Students come from all 20 provinces of Papua New Guinea and abroad. DWU has a special interest to advance opportunities for disadvantaged individual, women and youth to help build the economic and social capacity of the South Pacific Region.

DWU, as a university with Catholic tradition,” is an academic community which, in a rigorous and critical fashion, assists in the protection and advancement of human dignity and cultural heritage through research, teaching and various services offered to the local, national and international communities. It ensures that institutional autonomy is necessary to perform its functions effectively and guarantees its members academic freedom, as long as the rights of the individual person and of the community are preserved within the confines of the truth and the common good. DWU has been and continues to be a catalyst for improvement of higher education in the country. The University is committed to working with the government towards positive development of PNG. As stated in the mission statement, DWU is committed to "continuous dialogue and partnership with all levels of community, business, government and cultures in the life and work of the University;" a mission to which DWU is true.

The University is comprised of five faculties that offer full time and soon-to-be-offered online programs, supported by the Flexible Learning Centre that facilitates the delivery of flexible, part time, and blended learning programs. The four faculties are:

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Business and Informatics
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Education
Areas of study have been selected for their long-term benefit to Papua New Guinea and where there is strong industry demand. Students work with industry and business throughout their training and are encouraged to develop and participate in programs that help build community resources and social capital.

Christian ethical values and individual growth are integral to the courses and graduates are trained as competent professionals who will make a personal positive contribution to the growth of a nation.
  • Pacific Adventist University
Pacific Adventist University or PAU for short is a premier Seventh-day Adventist Church-managed Higher Education Institute established for learning and research in Papua New Guinea and  the Pacific Islands.

The University is situated at the Koiari Park Campus , in a peaceful rural setting, 14 miles outside of Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea. The lush 48-hectare estate, is set in a beautiful environment with water-lily lakes, a wealth of bird life, well maintained lawns and shrubs and well-chosen shade trees, making it a peaceful place not only for its residents, but also for many local and international visitors.

  • Undergraduate Courses at Pacific Adventist University
  • Post Graduate Courses at Pacific Adventist University
Western Pacific University
The Western Pacific University is located in Ialibu. Ialibu is a town in the Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea, serving as the headquarters for the Ialibu-Pangia District.

Ialibu is connected by roads to the rest of Papua New Guinea. Ialibu does have a certified airstrip which is yet to be operational. The nearest airports are Mendi and Mt Hagen, both about an hour from Ialibu Station. Radio stations are available and mobile phone and landline phones are provided by Telikom PNG and DIGICEL. The national television station, EM TV is broadcast throughout the Ialibu area.

The other universities are

  • PNG Natural Resources and Environment  University 
This university is located in Eastern New Britain Province of Papua New Guinea

  • Institute of Business Studies University (IBSU) 
This is a private university : Apply to IBS University