Australian High Commission
Papua New Guinea

Kina-for-Kina Program to Support Papua New Guinea Universities

An innovative and collaborative new program, established by the Governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia, will support higher education quality in Papua New Guinea. 

Kina-for-Kina (K4K) will see the Australian Government match contributions that Papua New Guinean universities put towards improving quality in their institution. 

Three Papua New Guinea universities have been approved to receive grants under the K4K program, with initiatives targeting the improvement of business programs; training for the development of teaching and learning; and a teaching quality assurance systems audit.  The University of Natural Resources and Environment, Divine Word University, and the Papua New Guinea University of Technology are the three successful universities. Two applications build on existing partnerships with Australian Universities. 

Secretary for Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST), Professor Kavanamur, believes K4K will support more highly skilled teachers and graduates.

“The Government of Papua New Guinea truly appreciates the K4K initiative because it is aimed directly at assisting the areas of education that will lead to good outcomes for students,” Professor Kavanamur said.

Australian High Commission acting-Counsellor (Education), Ms Fuchsia Hepworth complimented DHERST on its commitment to improving the higher education sector. 

“We are increasingly seeing educational institutions working together under various partnership arrangements. This is a reflection of the strong and close partnership the Australian Government shares with the Government of Papua New Guinea,” Ms Hepworth said.

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Secretary for Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Professor Kavanamur, and Australian High Commission acting-Counsellor (Education), Ms Fuchsia Hepworth, holding the three successful applications for K4K.