PNG UNITECH Applications and Admissions – New Students
The PNG University of Technology (UNITECH) had three (3) main ways to admit new students to its 13 academic departments.
- School Leavers selection: Grade 12 selection from the National High and Secondary schools or Grade 12 matriculation studies pathway (as a school leaver)
- Non-school selection: Leavers Non-school leavers’ selection of students who have left formal studies within the PNG Education system and wanting to study at UNITECH. Of course, this category of students will have to meet the selection criteria of the university.
- Overseas students’ selections: students from the Pacific Island countries and international students will have to meet the admission requirement for school leavers and non-school leavers. The university’s Admissions Committee decides on the university’s entry equivalence.
Students can enter PNG University of Technology as a school leaver, non-school leavers and postgraduates. Overseas and international students are also accepted into the various undergraduate and graduate programs.
PNG UNITECH Courses: Post-graduate, Diploma and Certificate
The 13 academic departments have programs from the Certificate up to the PhD levels. UNITECH has about 60 postgraduate courses, two of them are masters by distance mode.
- 21 PhDs,
- 32 Masters,
- 3 Diplomas and
- 2 Certificates.
Two academic departments are also offering Master courses in the distance mode.
- Surveying and Lands Study – Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning
- Communication and Development Studies – Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL). You can get more information by contacting the Post-graduate School 473 4456 or email them on email@example.com
UNITECH Pathway – DODL
Perhaps it is important to mention that the Department of Distance Learning (DODL) at UNITECH is an important partway for students who have dropped out of the formal education in Papua New Guinea, and wanted to pursue a study at UNITECH. (See the links to and informational about UNITECH DODL below).
PNG UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY has a limited number of spaces given the availability of learning spaces, boarding and lodging rooms, academic resources, etc. This means that the competition for admission to a program of study is usually very high.
Students aspiring to enter UNITECH through DODL must compete against the Grade 12 school leavers and non-school leavers in the country to secure a space. In order words, DODL students at UNITECH must perform exceptionally well in the national examinations to get a UNITECH placement.
UNITECH Grade 12 Selection (Undergraduate selections)
The grade 12 students and undergraduates selections fall in three main categories of applications.
- Grade 12 School Leavers,
- Matriculation and Open College students, and
- Non-school leavers (students who dropped-out/discontinued formal education).
The Grade 12 school leavers (and non-school leavers) selections for UNITECH happens (around November) of each year based on the result of the Grade 12 national examinations (in October).
The selection process involves three parties:
- the secondary and national high schools,
- Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST), and
- PNG Universities, colleges and other tertiary institutions
The secondary school students complete online School Leavers Form guided by the school deputy principals and principals at school levels.
DHERST’s National Online Selection NOSS
DHERST online facilitates online selection platform, processes the data and ensures all students in the country have made their school leavers choices for UNITECH. DHERST selects students according to UNITECH yearly intake quota and instructs the university to take in the students who have been selected online.
UNITECH accepts students according to and in liaison with DHERST and notifies the students by way of acceptance letters and publishing the list online or on the print media.
Non-school Leavers Application Form
The application forms for UNITECH become available in August of each year. If you are a non-school leaver or discontinued students, check this post for UNITECH application form.
You must download the application form from the university’s website, attach the required documents and apply in time. The selection is done by the university and its respective academic committees and endorsed by the Admission Committee of the University.
Check out this post on How to Apply as a Non-school Leaver.
You must meet the requirements set for non-school leavers so that you are eligible for entry to UNITECH. Some of the requirements include:
- Sitting for the STAP-P test
- Having a GPA of 2.25+ for University Admission
- Apply before the due date
- Attach all the required documents
School Leavers Application – UNITECH
As mentioned above, the School Leavers (Grade 12, DODL, Open Learning, Matriculation, Overseas students) must apply through DHESRT online school leavers system called the NOSS (National Online Selection System).
The preparations and application is the work of the school and its students. In fact, the School Leavers with the help of their school administrators, apply through DHERST’s NOSS.
DHERST makes the final selections based on the students’ performances (marks) in the national examinations in October of every year, conducted by the National Department of Education (NDoE).
The selection for school leavers’ admission to UNITECH entry is not done by the university.
PNG UNITECH Scholarships and Sponsorship programs
The University of Technology facilitates the PNG government scholarship called TESAS (Tertiary Education Students Assistance Scheme) for undergraduate students.
UNITECH Scholarships and Fellowships
There are also various scholarships and training for undergraduate and postgraduate students. For a comprehensive list of UNITECH scholarships, check the link to the university’s website.
Undergraduate PNG Govt Scholarship
- TESAS (AES and HECAS)
- New Zealand Government Scholarship for PNG Students
- Australian Government Scholarship for PNG Students (Australian Awards)
- Corporate Scholarships (PNG LNG, Ramu Nico, NARI)
- NGO and Private Scholarships (Light Education PNG)
- Provincial Government Sponsorships (6 provincial governments)
UNITECH Graduates Scholarships/Fellowship
- Graduate Assistantship Scholarship Program (GAP)
- ACIAR scholarship scheme (Postgraduate training)
PNG UNITECH Affiliations
- Bulolo Forestry College: BFC provides diploma courses in management of the forest. Graduates can find employment in both the private and public sector. There is a study pathway for a degree with the Department of Forestry at the Taraka Campus.
- Lae Timber and Forestry College: TFTC provides training and prepares the students for the logging the timber industry. It has a yearly intake of around 120 – 200 students per year.
Department of Distance Learning (DODL)
The Department of Open and Distance Learning (also known as the DODL) provides a pathway for Grades 10 and 12 students enter UNTECH through matriculation studies. The Grades 10 and 12 certificate holders and diploma graduates who want study at UNITECH can do through the DODL study centres/
DODL UNITECH has more than 20 Centres throughout the country as Regional Centres, Study Centres, Affiliates and Franchise.
More information for DODL pathway to UNITECH via the link.
University of Technology (UNITECH) Overview
The University was established in 1965 in Port Moresby as The Papua New Guinea Institute of Higher Technical Education. The institute was relocated in 1970 to its current location of Taraka Campus in Lae, Morobe Province and renamed The Papua New Guinea Institute of Technology.
In August 1973, its status was upgraded to The Papua New Guinea University of Technology.
PNG UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY’s 13 academic departments are listed below.
1. Department of Agriculture
2. Department of Applied Physics
3. Department of Applied Sciences
4. Department of Architecture and Building
5. Department of Business Studies
6. Department of Civil Engineering
7. Department of Communication and Development Studies
8. Department of Electrical & Communication Engineering
9. Department of Forestry
10. Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
11. Department of Mechanical Engineering
12. Department of Mining Engineering
13. Department of Surveying and Land Studies
Established: August 1973
Location: Taraka Campus, Lae, Morobe Province
Mission: To grow world-class technocrats through high-quality experiential teaching, research and ardent application of scientific and technological knowledge and innovation.
Accreditation: Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST)
Logo credit: PNG University of Technology
This is an information page for UNITECH to help students seeking admissions (in Post-graduate and undergraduate studies) to UNITECH. The page intends to provide clear information for students who searching for courses and programs of study at UNITECH so that they can make informed decisions.
For more information relating to admissions (such as PNG UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY application forms, programs dates, graduate degree and post-graduate courses, etc) for the present and new academic year, use the links provided in the article.
Or visit the UNITECH website for the latest and up-to-date information for the specific year of study at UNITECH and its affiliate colleges.