JICA scholarship recipients present report

Two of these Papua New Guineans graduated from masters programs and the other two from short-term training programs.

This year marks 50 years of Japan’s official development assistance to Papua New Guinea.

K58 million saved through online selection

Since the transition seven years ago, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science, and Technology (DHERST) has generated annual savings of K8.3 million, amounting to a cumulative total of K58.1 million. 

This transition has also contributed to environmental conservation by preventing the need for extensive use of paper, thereby preserving hundreds of trees. These advantages underscore the positive impact of digitalizing the application and selection system for Grade 12 students. 

K70mil for TESAS, HELP and airline tickets

The K70.7m from the government will cater for the outstanding TESAS components for 2022 second semester, 2023 first semester, HELP Loan payments and airline tickets for tertiary students.

Acting Secretary for DHERST, Dr. Francis Hualupmomi in a media statement this week advised parents, guardians, students and all registered higher learning institutions in the country that the DHESRT has received warrants of K70.7 million last Friday 20th of January 2023.

Govt yet to honour TESAS fees for 2022

DWU President Prof. Fr. Philip Gibbs informed students who were under TESAS in Semester 2 of 2022, to settle the outstanding fees before they enroll for the 2023 academic year.

“We regret to inform you that you must ensure your required outstanding fees are paid before you arrive to register. If you come and your fees from 2022 are not paid in full, we will not be able to register you.

“We ask that you pay attention to the dates for registration and adhere as these dates will not be extended,” he added.

WNB Nursing School funded

The West New Britain Acting Provincial Administrator Leo Mapmani presented a cheque of K200, 000 on behalf of Governor Sasindran Muthuvel to institution.

“On his behalf the Regional Member and Governor for WNB Sasindran Muthuvel, I present to the WNB School of Nursing this cheque of K200, 000 that will go towards the schools operations that the governor has continued to support since its inception,” said Mr Mapmani.

PM’s emphasis on tech and vocational training

He said this yesterday (25 January, 2022) when announcing higher and technical education reform initiatives supporting the Papua LNG Project and other major upcoming developments in the petroleum and mining sectors.

These are:


The main aim of the MOU is to strengthen research and promote research collaboration and exchange between the two Institutions.

The MOU was signed by Dr. Osborne Sanida, Acting Director of PNG NRI, and Dr Francis Hualupmomi, Acting Secretary of DHERST.

The PNG NRI is a publicly-funded policy think-tank in Papua New Guinea (PNG) mandated by legislation to carry out independent research and analysis on development issues affecting PNG. The National Research Institute Act 1993, states that the functions of PNG NRI include the following:

Fr. Jan appears for mention at National Court

He was committed by the Waigani Committal Court on the 1st of September to stand trial for allegations of official corruption.

The suspended DHERST Secretary appeared before Justice Teresa Berrigan.

Fr. Jan’s K3,000 District court bail was converted to National court bail where he was ordered to appear on the 4th of October for trial.

Justice Teresa Berrigan also granted to allow him to travel to Ialibu, Southern Highlands in his capacity as the Executive Chairman of the Western Pacific University, after he had requested the court.  

TESAS list announced

The list, containing the names of over 6,800 students from more than 16 higher education institutions can be accessed via the department’s website.

DHERST Secretary, Fr Jan Czuba, has advised that students whose names did not appear on the list should consult their respective institutions to confirm their progressive status for 2021.

IBS case: Interim orders remain

The temporary orders obtained by the Institute of Business Studies regarding its status on January 4, were extended today by the Waigani National Court.

The case filed by IBS returned before Justice Derek Hartshorn today however, only IBS was represented in court.

Justice Hartshorn adjourned the matter but gave an extension of the orders to next week to allow time for Fr Jan and DHERST to appear in court.