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The Kingdom of Tonga, a small state of the Commonwealth consists of some 170 islands with a population of about 107,000 (World Bank, 2022).

COL’s current work in Tonga is primarily in the areas of skills for work and tertiary education through the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth network. Learners from Tonga are also participating in COL’s free, open online courses and benefitting from other available resources.


  • 109 teachers from Tonga trained to provide effective learner support in ODFL contexts.
  • Professional development of TVET practitioners
  • 78 learners from Tonga have enrolled in 340 courses with 59 certificates being issued.
  • Active TVET Project with Monfort Technical Institute to build the capacity of TVET practitioners
  • Development of online learning resources for teachers: ODL Course Catalogue, National OER Collection Site, and Online TVET Toolkit


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’s partners in Tonga include:

  • Ministry of Education and Training (MET)
  • Montfort Technical Institute
  • Tonga National University (formerly Tonga Institute of Higher Education)
  • USP Tonga Campus

Key Contacts

Board Member

The Honourable Hu’akavameiliku of Ha’asini
Prime Minister
Minister for Education and Training
Interim Pro Chancellor, Tonga National University

Focal Point

Dr Raelyn Esau
Dean, Faculty of Business & Public Administration
Tonga National University (TNU)
Ministry of Education and Training

Notable Mention

The late Dr S. Langi Kavaliku, COL Honorary Fellow

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