Welcome to our official website.

Our Department is the government agency responsible for coordinating higher and technical education and research, science and technology in Papua New Guinea. We work in collaboration with a range of Government agencies and other partners to provide the advanced skills, knowledge and innovation required for PNG’s sustainable social, economic and environmental development.

Vision:To lead the country’s higher and technical education sector in producing world class skills and expertise and innovative research for economic growth and nation building.

Mission:To provide the best policy direction and support systems to enhance the quality, access and relevance of higher and technical education and research for Papua New Guinea by 2017.

HERST Minister, Francis Taman Marus

Office of the Minister

The Minister is responsible for providing leadership and policy with regard to higher and technical education, and research, science and technology in accordance with the Higher Education (General Provisions) Act 2014. The current Minister, is the Honourable Francis Taman Marus,

National Register of Institutions

The following universities and colleges are registered with the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST).   UNIVERSITIES 1 University of Papua New Guinea (www.upng.ac.pg) 2 PNG University of Technology (www.unitech.ac.pg) 3 University of Goroka (www.uog.ac.pg) 4 University

Higher and Technical Education Plan

The National Higher and Technical Education Plan (NHTEP) 2015-2024 is a home grown sector-wide plan that maps the best ways forward over the next ten years for Papua New Guinea’s higher and technical education (H&TE). Vision  To provide the higher