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 version of this post is available on

Check out the highlights on GPA and top Australian universities, here.

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 is sourced from 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). 

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From the 2018 source (and presumably using the same criteria) the top 5 universities in Australia - are the  University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland, the University of New South Wales, the Australian National University and the 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 universities will surely attain a top-class university degree - find out more

For more information about the latest rankings of the world universities, refer to the 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 - Grade 12 Online Exam Results vs Grade 12 Online Selections

The Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST) clearly differentiated between the Grade 12 Online Exam Results and Grade 12 school leavers' online selections. 

Here is a post about DHERST Selections that provides information for Schools Leavers and Non-School Leavers.

The message below is DHERST's explanation of the two selection processes. 

"We wish to inform and clarify to the general public that the publishing and or release of Grade 12 Results is the responsibility of the Measurement Service Division of the National Department of Education and NOT the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST).

The National Online Application Systems (NOAS) is a separate system developed by DHERST for Grade 12 students to apply for further studies. The NOAS is not currently used for publishing Grade 12 Results, but rather to allow Grade 12 students to finalize their choices for further studies.

The National Department of Education have recently launched a separate system and website to access Grade 10 and 12 final results. To obtain Grade 12 final marks, please contact the National Department of Education or check their website. [DHERST Support Service, Facebook 06/12/2018].
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In fact, two education departments are facilitating the Grade 12 results and online School Leavers Application (SLA) at this time of the year. 

First, the results - both Grade 10 and 12 results - are the works of the Measurement Services Division (MSD) of the National Education Department. 

Anything to do with the RESULTS is through this web address Perhaps it is important to know that the results are only provisional. That means that the results and other details like name-spelling that may have errors are subject to final changes.

Check out the latest article on Grade 12 DHERST Online Selection >>> Click Here

Second, the Grade 12 online selection for the tertiary institution is the work of DHERST. And, the online selection to tertiary institutions in the country comes under DHERST. 

This web address ( links to online applications and services the higher education department provides.

Fact files: Number of students year-by-year

  • DHERST online selection began in 2017. So, the 2021 Grade 12 online selection was the 5th year of implementation. Students going to tertiary institutions in forecasted to remain at the 2018 figure of ~12000 - 13000 students. 
  • 30711 Grade 12 students completed school in 2020, up nearly 1500 students from 2019. No significant increase in the number of students entering tertiary institutions in PNG.
  • A total of 29,000 Grade 12 students took the exams in 2019. An increase of nearly 5000 spaces from 2018 
  • A total of 12,234 students were selected to commence the 2018 academic year (47% of the 25,848 who applied)

DHERST and MSD Online result and selection systems

  • MSD's inaugural online platform is for checking Grade 10 and Grade 12 results. It was implemented in 2018.
  • Only two students preferences on the SLA in 2017 (5 preferences in 2018, 2019 and 2020)
  • Students with a GPA of 2.3 or above were considered for selection in 2017 for 2018 entry into Higher Learning Institutions. The same for the 2018 selection for 2019 and the 2019 selection for 2020.
  • The students selected via the DHERST online application platform are NOT automatically awarded a PNG government's TESAS scholarship (HECAS or AES). ONLY those who receive a scholarship award letter are on TESAS. 
  • SELF-SPONSORED STUDENTS - if you are selected but did not receive the award letter from DHERST, consider yourself a self-sponsored student.

The Gr 10 and Gr 12 online results for2023

For more information on the latest results, visit PNG Insight or click on the image to go directly to the *NEW* website.
We followed the developments in education over the years and have a collection of educational Apps and websites. Click here to check them out. You may also find our article on Grade 10 Online results here helpful. 

If you have any questions about the  Grade 12 selection process, PDF list, etc., please leave a comment below or check out this latest update on PNG Universities Non-School Leavers Selection.

About PNG Insight

PNG Insight is an education blog. It aims to highlight the key developments in the education sector in Papua New Guinea. Started in 2014 on Google's blogger (now self-hosted on WordPress), PNG Insight strives to be a platform for critical thinking and discussions; and a source of information.

You can follow us on Twitter (@PNG_Insight) for information on Education and Development in Papua New Guinea.

DHERST Online Selection Running Well in Its Second Year (2019)

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 higher education in Papua New Guinea. 

Here is a post about 2023 DHERST Selections that provides information for Schools Leavers and Non-School Leavers.

See the latest post on School Results and Selections here. 

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 ( or Facebook page. 

Re-posted below is the first reminder released by concerning the Grade 12 online choices and selections.

(1) As of 1st December 2018, your 5 Choices are locked in. If 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 you must 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 at 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 your 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 of 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 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.


DHERST Support Service

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,,
  • Call 301 2078
  • If you are on Twitter, follow PNG Insight here.


  • 1st - 9th December 2018, Grade 12 students can continue to log in to their 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 the Selection List
  • 13th December 2018 at 10am the Minister for HERST Hon. Pila Niningi LLB pressed the button. This event is to be broadcasted live online. Immediately after, all applicants can log in and check results.


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.



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