The Higher Education (General Provisions) Act 2014 provides the foundation for ensuring that the qualifications offered by our universities, colleges and other providers are of high quality, responsive to the needs of PNG, and internationally-recognised.
Under the Act, the National Higher and Technical Education Board (NHTEB) is the peak body responsible for integrated quality assurance for all tertiary education. It is responsible for quality assurance and regulation of tertiary institutions; setting national standards; registering institutions, accrediting their programs; and maintaining and updated the PNG National Qualifications Framework.
A key requirement under the Act is for all tertiary education institutions to be on a national register, available on this website. In order to be registered, the institution must meet a set of national standards, and undergo regular external quality assurance reviews against these standards.
In general, all programs of study must also be accredited externally for a defined period. Accreditation is undertaken against national standards. Where a program is part of an approved national curriculum, the program does not need separate external accreditation.
The exceptions include universities, which under the Act are able to self accredit (or internally accredit) their programs. Other institutions that have a good track record may become eligible to apply to for limited authority to self accredit their programs.
It is an offense under the Act to offer higher or technical education if the institution is not registered.