Showing posts with label Higher Education. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Higher Education. Show all posts

Highest Ranked University in Australia

Children's education has been one of the most talked about topics all year around. At this time university selection for 2019 is in full swing and many students and parents may now have known the results of universities and colleges entries. Those potentially wanting to send children to Australian universities may want to know which higher learning institution is the highest ranked university in Australia and Oceania.

NOTE: An updated verson of this post is available on pnginsight.com

PNG Insight uses the 2018/2019 comparison stats of World universities to show some of the best universities in the region, Oceania. The 2019 world ranking of universities are sourced from the Webometrics Info (2018) and Time Higher Education (2019). The ranking is determined by the quality of the university's teaching, research and overall outlook among other criteria and compared against other universities in the world. 

The links and details of the sources are provided at the end of the post. First, the image shows Webometrics Info (2018) universities ranks (unfortunately the 2019 data is not available at the Time Higher Education website). 

Highest Ranked University PN
From the 2018 source (and presumably using the same criteria) the top 5 universities in Australia - are the  University of Melbourne, University of Queensland, University of New South Wales, Australian National University and University of Sydney. 


Highest Ranked University in Australia
In fact, the 5 universities in Australia maintained the top 5 ranks in the Pacific in 2018 and 2019. However, there were shifts in the 2019 placements. It is perhaps important to note that the University of Melbourne maintained the number one place and the Highest Ranked University in Australia (= 32 rank in the World). And, Australian National University ranked 49 among all the best universities worldwide.

Highest Ranked University in Australia

This rank shows that there are 5 Highest Ranked Universities in Australia, just next door to PNG. Those who are interested or planning to secure a scholarship at one of the 5 unis will surely attain a top-class university degree.

For more information about the latest rankings of the world universities, refer to Time Higher Education website. 

Source: the links for the 2019 world ranking of universities on Webometrics Info (2018) and Time Higher Education (2019) used in this post. 


DHERST Online Selection Updates and Information

The DHERST (Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology) is rolling out the Grade 12 online selection for the second year running. Last year was a successful start, though some may say otherwise. This year is sure to build on the success of last year. The DHERST online selection is seen by many stakeholders as the way forward for the higher education in Papua New Guinea. 

See the latest post on School Results and Selections here. 

DHERST Online Selection Updates

For the Grade 12 students or parents wanting more information on this year's selection, the best place to get the latest news online is the DHERST website (dherst.gov.pg) or Facebook page. 

Re-posted below is the first reminder released by dherst.gov.pg in regards to the Grade 12 online choices and selections.

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(1) As of 1st December 2018, your 5 Choices are locked in. In the event that you have not filled in your 5 Choices, you can still have a final chance on the 10th - 11th December 2018 (48 hours) to make your final changes to your choices.

(2) REMEMBER, although your 5 Choices are locked, you CAN still log into your NOAS account and it is important that you double check that you have filled in ALL of your MyData information. Applications Close entirely on 11th December 2018 at 11.59pm.

(3) If you are applying for a Study Program in PNG University of Technology or the University of Goroka, you are then required to have taken the STAT-P examinations and therefore you must enter you STAT-P ID in the MyData Section. If you do not enter this, Selectors at PNG UoT and UoG will not have access to your STAT-P scores and you will then miss your chance to be selected.

(4) Have you filled in your BackUP Choices? Make sure you do. This is located in the MyAcceptable Programs section.

(5) Your Grade 12 final marks will be returned to DHERST on the 8th of December 2018 and commencing on the 10th December 2018 at 12.01am, you will have 48 hours to check if you need to change your 5 choices.

(6) If in doubt, email us at studentsupport@dherst.gov.pg and provide your full name, secondary school, and phone number for us to get in touch with you.

Stay tuned to our Page. We, at DHERST, will be posting here every day to update, remind and assist you as best as we can.

Sincerely,

DHERST Support Service
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Key points
  • Grade 12 National Selection 13th December 2018
  • Final changes to Student's Choice online must be made by 11th December 2018 before 11.59 AM
  •  Email studentsupport@dherst.gov.pg, Mike@dherst.gov.pg, Shirley.Isaiah@dherst.gov.pg
  • Call 301 2078
  • If you are on Twitter, follow PNG Insight here.
UPCOMING DATES TO TAKE NOTE OF:
1st - 9th December 2018, Grade 12 students can continue to log in to account and double check that MyData is filled in and MyAcceptable Programs are selected.

10th - 11th December 2018, Grade 12 students have a chance to see if their 5 choices did not meet the minimum admission requirements and can change the choices.
12th December 2018, Selectors finalize Selection List
13th December 2018 at 10am the Minister for HERST Hon. Pila Niningi LLB presses the button. This event is to be broadcasted live online. Immediately after, all applicants are able to log in and check results.

PROMISING: PNG GOVERNMENT PROMISES TO EXPAND ON SPACES AT TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS FROM 4500 TO 11600

The impact of expanding primary and secondary schools in PNG is damning. Students numbers are evidently increasing compounded by government's tuition fee free (TFF) education policy. 

An ABC report revealed that something was finally going to be done about it (increase capacity at higher institutions). Higher education minister, Malakai Tabar, reportedly  said government planned to increase intake at tertiary institution  which is likely to take effect sooner. (Pacific Beat, ABC 19/10/2015). 

Meanwhile, details of how this would happen remained sketchy. A likely avenue to make it work is by expanding existing resources and infrastructure. It is about looking within, utilising what it has and stretching whatever resource it may have to cater for the immediate needs. By this I mean, now - this year's Grade 12. This can be done. It must be done.

Obviously, PNG higher institutions lack the capacity. Numbers released by the Acting Education Secretary indicated a shocking reality. Over 96% of Grade 8,  92% of  Grade 10 and 80% of Grade 12 students do not make to tertiary institutions due to limited space. 

The plan to increase Grade 12 intake from 20% to 50% is a breath of fresh air, in fact an exciting news. 

At 20%, there are just over 4500 spaces at tertiary institution (universities, colleges, vocational centres and other higher learning set-ups). For Mr Tabar's words to come to fruition, PNG government has to ensure half of this year's 23 200 Grade 12 students secure a placing at one of the higher learning institutions. 


That would mean a further 7100 spaces would have to be created to reach the government's promise of over 50% increment in intake. Surely, It is going to be the best thing the government can do right now. And. that is to increase yearly intake from a mere 4500 to 11600 for the academic year 2016.