Non-School Leavers Applications for PNG Universities: UPNG, Unitech, UOG, PAU, DWU, WPU, PNGUNRE

The application for non-school leavers intake for 2025 for many universities and colleges is now open. Individuals, who have taken a break from formal education have the chance to pursue their studies at PNG's esteemed universities and colleges. This article provides a comprehensive guide on the application process for non-school leavers at prestigious institutions like the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) and the Papua New Guinea University of Technology (Unitech), alongside other prominent universities including UOG, PAU, DWU, WPU, and PNGUNRE. 

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2024 Moving from Paper to Online Applications 

Traditionally, non-school leavers had to navigate a maze of paperwork, downloading and submitting application forms manually. Thankfully, the digital age is transforming this process, especially at PNG's premier universities. 

UPNG and Unitech have become pioneers in this arena, offering streamlined online applications for non-school leavers. This shift boasts several advantages: eliminates the need for physical copies, simplifies the process for applicants in remote areas, and enhances overall efficiency. 

While UPNG and Unitech are leading the charge with online applications, some universities in PNG haven't yet embraced this digital revolution.  Universities like the University of Goroka (UOG), Pacific Adventist University (PAU), Divine Word University (DWU), Western Pacific University (WPU), and the Papua New Guinea University of Natural Resources and Environment (PNGUNRE) still require non-school leavers to download and submit application forms manually via their websites or social media pages. 

For the 2025 academic year, non-school leavers must initiate their application process well in advance, ideally earlier in July 2024. Regardless of whether the application is online or manual, meticulously reviewing the specific guidelines set forth by each university is paramount. 


Non-School Leavers Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements Admission requirements for non-school leavers vary across universities. Here's a glimpse into some general criteria: 
  • Completion of diploma or degree programs from recognized institutions within PNG or abroad.
  • Prior fulfilment of the National Matriculation Requirements from accredited National and Secondary High Schools, or an equivalent qualification obtained before 2023. (For example, applicants for the 2024 intake must have completed Grade 12 between 2017 and 2021.) 
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.4 and a B grade or higher in English or Mathematics. 
  • Officially stamped and signed matriculation certificates. 
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University-Specific Information: UPNG, Unitech, UOG, PAU, DWU, WPU, PNGUNRE

Obtaining in-depth details about the application process for each university is effortless, even though waiting for the application form to be released can be daunting :). 

Visit the official websites or social media pages, particularly those of UPNG and Unitech, to provide comprehensive instructions to guide you through the process.

Follow the links provided in this article to check if your desired universities have released their 2024 application forms PDF and online applications for 2025 intakes. 

Financial Aid: Scholarships for Aspiring Students 

Tertiary Education Study Assistance Scheme (TESAS): The journey towards higher education can be bolstered by scholarships specifically designed for non-school leavers. The Tertiary Education Study Assistance Scheme (TESAS), a PNG government program, is a prime example. Scholarships like TESAS offer financial aid to qualified students. 

Higher Education Loan Program (HELP): In addition to TESAS, the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) is another noteworthy initiative. This government-backed program aims to bridge the financial gap for students seeking access to tertiary education. 

In closure

The shift towards online applications for non-school leavers signifies a significant leap forward in making PNG's higher education landscape more accessible. While leading institutions like UPNG and Unitech are at the forefront of this digital transformation, other universities are expected to follow suit. 

Currently, non-school leavers applying to UOG, PAU, DWU, WPU, and PNGUNRE will need to navigate the traditional application process. So, whether your aspirations lie with UPNG, Unitech, UOG, PAU, DWU, WPU, or PNGUNRE, kickstart your application process in 2024 for the 2025 academic year.

If you have any questions, leave a comment below.

IMPORTANT SIDE NOTE: The Ministry of Higher Education, through the former minister, has issued a press statement indicating that the application process for non-school leavers will transition to an online format via the DHERST National Online Application System and will be included in the National Online Selection Process. However, the status of this development remains unclear following the dismissal of the minister, and the Department of Higher Education has yet to provide clarity on the matter. (Refer to this PNG Insight video on YouTube for more information, or read about it here). In the meantime, we recommend reaching out to your preferred universities for further guidance and proceeding with the application as instructed.

Women Entrepreneurs: Are Women Successful in Business in PNG?

Women entrepreneurs in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are achieving remarkable success despite facing challenges. Despite facing many challenges, these women are proving that they can succeed in business. This article is a summary of a detailed look at Women in Business in PNG. (Follow the links to read more about this topic in detail). The articles explore the questions ''Are Women Successful in Business in PNG?'' and ''What are the support systems available for them?''

The Journey of Women Entrepreneurs

In PNG, women entrepreneurs often face hurdles due to gender inequalities - constraints. These hurdles can make it difficult for them to grow their businesses. But, these women are not letting these challenges stop them. They are finding ways to overcome these barriers and are making significant contributions to the economy.

There are many success stories of women-owned businesses in PNG. Women are making their mark in various sectors like agriculture, arts and crafts, services, and tourism. These stories show the determination and entrepreneurial spirit of women in PNG. They serve as an inspiration for future generations of women entrepreneurs in the country.
Support from the Government.

The PNG government recognizes the important role of women in driving economic development. They have taken significant steps to support and empower women in business. The National Development Bank’s Women in Business Desk, the Women’s Micro Bank, and the Rural Economic Empowerment Program are some of the initiatives that provide targeted support to women entrepreneurs.

In addition, the Small and Medium Enterprises Corporation and the Women’s Business Resource Centre offer resources to women entrepreneurs. These include training, mentoring, and access to finance. International organizations like the United States Agency for International Development and the United Nations Capital Development Fund also provide support to women entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout PNG.


Recent Data and Studies

Several recent studies and reports provide data on women in business in PNG for the years 2023 and 2024:

Papua New Guinea: Women in Business Consultations (Primary Research) Report: This report presents findings from focus groups conducted in 2022 with 127 women operating formal and informal businesses across PNG and in 2023 with 76 women operating formal and informal businesses in AROB, PNG.

World Bank’s Women, Business, and the Law 2024 (WBL2024), PDF: This report presents an index covering 190 economies and structured around the life cycle of a working woman. It includes data on PNG and scores the country across eight indicators.

These sources provide a comprehensive view of the challenges and successes of women in business in PNG. They highlight the importance of government support, societal change, and individual determination in overcoming barriers and achieving success.

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While cultural barriers and limited access to resources exist, women in PNG are making strides in various sectors. Recognizing the vital role of women entrepreneurs, the PNG government offers targeted programs like micro-loans and training. International organizations also lend a hand, providing resources and fostering a supportive environment. With continued government support and societal change, they are poised to play an even greater role in shaping the nation's economic future.



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