Papua New Guinea

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The largest of the Pacific Island countries, Papua New Guinea (PNG) has a population of more than 7 million but is still considered a small state of the Commonwealth. Papua New Guinea faces numerous development challenges, many of them related to health and natural resource management.


COL’s current work in Papua New Guinea is primarily in the areas of technical and vocational skills development and technology-enabled learning. Papua New Guinea is a member of the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth, and it receives support from the Pacific Centre for Open and Flexible Learning for Development. Learners from Papua New Guinea have also benefited from COL’s open online courses and other resources.


Partnerships are fundamental to COL’s work. Strategic partnerships allow COL to broaden its reach and engage at global, regional and national levels, while implementation partners support COL’s work in communities and institutions across Commonwealth Member States. Partners include multilateral organisations, regional bodies, national governments, government agencies, foundations, civil society organisations, public and private (not-for-profit) institutions and the private sector. COL partnerships assist in improving and extending teaching and learning services to people in the developing Commonwealth.

COL partners in Papua New Guinea include:

  • Department of Education
  • Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology
  • Servants of St. Joseph
  • University of Papua New Guinea

Key Contacts

Focal Point

Mr Anthony Rayappan
Flexible, Open and Distance Learning (FODE)
Department of Education

Ms Leah Margis
Executive Manager, Innovation and Digital Education
Department of Higher Education, Research Science & Technology

Notable Mention

The Honourable Dr Dame Carol Kidu
COL Honorary Fellow and former member of COL Board of Governors

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