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Lutheran University Council Officially Sworn In Significant Milestone for PNG Education

The Lutheran University Council was officially sworn in today in Port Moresby, marking a significant milestone for the Evangelical Lutheran Church's vision of having its own university. 

The Lutheran University of PNG (LUPNG) was established in 2022 through the amalgamation of three Evangelical Lutheran institutions:

  • Balob Teachers College,
  • Lutheran School of Nursing, and 
  • Martin Luther Seminary.
After 30 years of vision and hard work, the interim Council was established in May 2022 and was awaiting the formal operation of the Lutheran University Act, which came into effect in September 2022.

This blog has been following this story since PNG prime minister James Marape promised the people of Morobe a Lutheran University in January 2020.

Here is the leading story about PNG's 8th university in the making, the Lutheran University of PNG.

The Lutheran University of Papua New Guinea

Council Appointment and Priorities

The formal Council was appointed by the Chancellor of LUPNG, Dr Eric Kwa, in November 2022. 

The Council comprises people from various sectors in the country, including representatives from Divine Word University, which has been a great friend of the Lutheran Church in setting up LUPNG. 

The membership is drawn from the Lutheran Church's membership and other denominations that can contribute meaningfully to the establishment of the Lutheran University.

Dr Kwa stated that the immediate priorities for the Council include the progressive work on merging the amalgamated higher learning institutions. 

Three different independent institutions were merged into one, and the Council has the task of working together with different interest groups to ensure that LUPNG is delivered as a single unit. 

The Council has been working closely with the Department of Higher Education, Research and Technology (DHERST), including Divine Word University, to ensure the successful establishment of LUPNG.

Challenges and Reassurance

Despite the challenges that may arise from previous boards, management, students, and staff, Dr Kwa reassured everyone that the Council is not here to disrupt operations but to work with them. 

He also thanked the Marape-Rosso government for recognising the Church's work in development and Lutheran Bishop Right Reverend Dr Jack Urame for his continued assistance.

Lutheran University Council Swearing-in

Obviously, the official swearing-in of the Lutheran University Council is a significant step towards achieving the Evangelical Lutheran Church's vision of having its own university. 

The Council's priority in merging the amalgamated institutions is crucial in ensuring the successful establishment of LUPNG.

All in all, the establishment of LUPNG will undoubtedly contribute significantly to the development of education in PNG and provide opportunities for students to achieve their educational and career goals.

How to Apply to Madang Lutheran School of Nursing Non-School Leaver and Grade 12 School Leaver

Madang Lutheran School of Nursing is a pioneer institution located in Madang Province, Papua New Guinea. Now affiliated with the PNG Lutheran University (LUPNG), MLSN offers quality nursing education and training to students aspiring to become competent healthcare professionals. The school provides two programs: Diploma in General Nursing and Bachelor in Midwifery Nursing.

Do you want to apply to the Madang Lutheran School of Nursing (MLSN)? Whether you are a non-school leaver or a Grade 12 school leaver, this pioneer institution can be your gateway to comprehensive nursing education and training. 

In this article, we will discuss the program details, eligibility criteria, and the application process for both categories of applicants.

Madang Lutheran School of Nursing Programs of Study

1. Diploma in General Nursing: 

This program is designed for individuals interested in pursuing a diploma in nursing. The program duration is three years, with a curriculum that comprises 50% theory and 50% practical training. 

During the first two years, students are exposed to urban and rural health clinics, while the third year focuses on placements in rural health centres or hospitals in the MOMASE and Highlands regions.

2. Bachelor in Midwifery Nursing:

This program is intended for registered nurses with a minimum of two years of working experience. It is a specialised program in women and babies' health, lasting for one year and six months (18 months). 

The curriculum includes both hospital and rural clinical practice to provide comprehensive training.

Lutheran School of Nursing Madangs Application Form Selection List PDF 2024

Eligibility Criteria

To apply to MLSN as a non-school leaver or Grade 12 school leaver, there are specific eligibility criteria that must be met:

1. Non-School Leaver (NSL) Applicants:

  • Must be below 35 years of age.
  • Successful completion of Grade 12 or upgrading to Grade 12 through Matriculation studies at institutions like PIMS or University's open campuses (DODL, DWU, UPNG) at the provincial level or FODE.
  • Valid transcript with 'A' and 'B' grades in English, General Maths (Maths B), Biology, and Chemistry (highly recommended), or 'C' grades in Major Maths (Maths A) or Physics.
  • Must have exceptional GPA above the threshold set by DHERST.
  • Suitable character and personality, with a satisfactory recommendation from their School Principal and community leader.
  • All documents must be certified by a Commissioner of Oaths or a Magistrate at the Court House.

2. Community Health Worker (CHW) Applicants:

  • Must be below 35 years of age.
  • Possess 3-5 years of working experience.
  • Must have "C" grades in English, Mathematics, and Science in Year 10 or have upgraded.
  • Proficient in spoken and written English.
  • Demonstrate commitment to work and provide good character references from immediate supervisors, Provincial Health Advisors, or relevant Church Health Secretaries.

3. Bachelor of Midwifery:

  • Must have at least six months or more of clinical experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Currently registered with the Nursing Council and hold a full license to practice as a nurse.
  • Must be less than 45 years of age.
  • The last child must be two years and over at the time of enrollment.
  • Basic computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet usage.
  • Proficient in communicating in English, both written and verbal.

How to Apply as a Grade 12 School Leaver

School leavers applying to MLSN can follow these steps (Your school's deputy principal academic and class patron will help you with this process):

1. Visit the DHERST (Department of Higher Education, Research, Science, and Technology) online application system.

2. Register an account and provide the necessary personal information.

3. Select MLSN as the preferred institution.

4. Complete the application form accurately and upload the required documents.

5. Pay the application fee, if applicable.

6. Submit the application online.

How to Apply as a Non-School Leaver

Non-school leavers can apply to MLSN by following these steps (You must contact the institution to get the latest application form - see contact details below):

1. Contact MLSN for an application form. You can visit the college or call them to request the form.

2. Fill out the application form with accurate and complete information.

3. Attach the required documents, including certified copies of passport-size photos, updated CV, handwritten essay about yourself and your family, marriage certificate and consent letter (if applicable), academic certificates and transcripts, academic performance references, character references, and work performance references (for CHW applicants).

4. Pay the non-refundable administration fee of K100.00 and attach the receipt to the application form.

5. Submit the completed application form either by mail or email to the Registrar at Lutheran School of Nursing, PO Box 2099, Madang 511, Madang Province, or or

Key Info Applicants Should Know Before Applying

1. Competition and limited space: MLSN receives a high number of applicants, and only those who meet the requirements will be selected. Therefore, it is crucial to carefully read and understand the selection criteria provided on the application form.

2. Application deadline: The closing date for submitting applications is around July every year. It is important to adhere to the deadline to ensure consideration.

3. Document certification: All documents that require certification must be signed and stamped by a Commissioner of Oaths or the Magistrate at the Court House. Failure to have certified documents may result in rejection of the application.

Final thoughts...

Applying to Madang Lutheran School of Nursing as a non-school leaver or Grade 12 school leaver requires careful attention to eligibility criteria, document preparation, and the application process. 

By following the outlined steps and providing accurate information and required documents, applicants can increase their chances of being selected for nursing education and training at MLSN. 

For further information and inquiries, applicants can visit the MLSN website ( or contact MLSN via email ( or

Applicants FAQs

Here are five frequently asked questions (FAQs) about applying to Madang Lutheran School of Nursing as a non-school leaver or Grade 12 school leaver.

Q1: What are the programs of study offered at Madang Lutheran School of Nursing?

A1: Madang Lutheran School of Nursing offers the Diploma in General Nursing program and the Bachelor in Midwifery Nursing program.

Q2: Can non-school leavers apply to Madang Lutheran School of Nursing?

A2: Yes, non-school leavers can apply. They need to meet the eligibility criteria specified for non-school leaver applicants.

Q3: How can I apply as a school leaver through the DHERST online application system?

A3: To apply as a school leaver, you can visit the DHERST online application system, create an account, select Madang Lutheran School of Nursing as your preferred institution, fill out the application form, upload the required documents, pay the application fee (if applicable), and submit the application online.

Q4: What documents do I need to submit as a non-school leaver applicant?

A4: Non-school leaver applicants need to submit several documents, including certified copies of passport-size photos, an updated CV, a handwritten essay about themselves and their family, relevant academic certificates and transcripts, academic performance references, character references, and work performance references (for CHW applicants).

Q5: When is the deadline for submitting applications to Madang Lutheran School of Nursing?

A5: The closing date for submitting applications is around July every year. It is important to adhere to the deadline to ensure that your application is considered.

Please note that these FAQs are based on the information provided in the article, and it is always advisable to refer to the official website or contact Madang Lutheran School of Nursing directly for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the application process.

How Many Universities in Papua New Guinea?

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a country located in the Pacific region with a population of over 9 million people. It is home to eight universities, five of which are public and three private universities run by the Catholic and Seventh Day Adventist missions. 

In this article, we will provide you with a guide to these universities, their locations, and their affiliations.

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Public Universities in Papua New Guinea

1. University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) - Port Moresby

Established in 1965, UPNG is the oldest and largest university in PNG. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide range of fields such as agriculture, business, law, medicine, and social sciences.

2. Papua New Guinea University of Technology (UNITECH) - Lae

UNITECH was established in 1965 and is the country's premier technological university. It offers programs in engineering, science, and natural resources management.

3. University of Goroka (UOG) - Goroka

UOG was established in 1967 and is a specialized teacher-training university. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs in education, arts, and social sciences.

4. University of Natural Resources and Environment (UNRE) - Kerevat, East New Britain

UNRE was established in 1997 and is a specialized university focusing on natural resources management and environmental studies.

5. Western Pacific University (WPU) - Pangia, Southern Highlands Province

WPU is the newest public university, established in 2018, and offers undergraduate and graduate programs in agriculture, business, and social sciences.

Private/Agency Universities in Papua New Guinea

1. Divine Word University (DWU) - Madang

DWU was established in 1996 and is a Catholic university run by the Divine Word Missionaries. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs in arts, business, education, health sciences, and natural sciences.

2. Pacific Adventist University (PAU) - Port Moresby

PAU was established in 1984 and is a Seventh-Day Adventist university. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs in arts, business, education, health sciences, and theology.

3. International Business School (IBS) University - Port Moresby

IBS University is a private university that offers undergraduate and graduate programs in business, information technology, and hospitality management.

Proposed Lutheran University in Lae

PNG's Prime Minister, James Marape, has challenged the Lutheran Church to build a university in Lae. 

Talks are underway, but this has not yet come to fruition. If established, this university would be the 9th in PNG.

Final words

There are 8 universities in PNG, providing a range of undergraduate and graduate programs, from natural resources management to business and theology. 

The proposed 9th Lutheran University in Lae is still in the planning stages.


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PNG 8th Uni: PM Marape Pledges Support for Lutheran University - Press Release

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, MP, has pledged Government support for the establishment of the long-overdue Lutheran University in Lae.

Here is the latest update on this story, click here to find out.

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Image: Facebook | PM & NEC page

Key points added for clarity
  • Lutheran Church in PNG, the second largest church behind Catholic Church, does not have a university yet.
  • PNG has 6 operating universities.
  • Two universities are run by the churches in PNG (Pacific Adventist University run by the Seventh Day Adventist Mission and Divine Word University run by the Catholic Mission)
  • UPNG, Unitech, UoG and UNRE are public universities.
  • Western Pacific University in the Southern Highlands Province. Its first intake was in 2020.
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Press release cont...

He announced this in front of thousands of Lutheran faithful at the 32nd Evangelical Lutheran Church of PNG Synod at Boana in Nawaeb, Morobe, today.

PM Marape urged the Synod to continue working on the concept of the Lutheran university.

"Please refurbish this concept of a Lutheran-based university," he said.
"We have talked about this previously, but it has slowed down.
"The Lutheran University must come to pass, as a memorial of this 32nd Synod.
"I want to throw it on the floor here, that someone in the crowd pick it up.
"Lutheran is the second-biggest church, so I ask you please, let's work on this.
"National Government will pick up the university that the church wants, and we'll get it going.
"Starting 2020, we'll work on it and Hopefully by 2025, when the nation celebrates 50 years of Independence, our Lutheran University can lift its flag up and fly, and take students in by that time.

Prime Minister Marape supported a call by Morobe Governor Hon. Ginson Saonu for the establishment of a Lutheran elementary teachers' college.

He said the Government had allocated K1 million for this. He also told the Lutheran Church to come up with a plan for a university to get Government assistance.
"We will start a 10-year programme that will create the genesis of a Christian-based education system being run in our country.
"To make this country truly identified with Christian principles, our education system must be run by Christian churches,” the Prime Minister said
He (the Prime Minister) called for closer partnership between churches and the Government in education and health.
"The Lutheran Church is the second-largest church in the country," Prime Minister Marape said.
"We (Government) are ready to work in partnership with you in the areas of health and education.
"You are already established in society; you are with the people."Our Government stands ready to embrace churches in the areas of health and education.
"These are two key services in the country that I want churches to play a bigger role in,” PM Marape said.

Source: Facebook, released Sunday 12th January 2020

We also provide some background information about the 6 PNG universities here. Find out about the selections lists for UPNG, UOG, UNRE, Unitech, DWU and PAU:



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