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The Kingdom of Tonga is a small state of the Commonwealth made up of 176 islands with a population of about 105,000.


COL’s work in Tonga has been in the areas of Lifelong Learning for Farmers, OER for skills development, technical and vocational skills development, and tertiary education through the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth. Tonga benefits from the support of the Pacific Centre for Flexible and Open Learning for Development. Learners from Tonga have also benefited from COL’s offline, off-grid Aptus device, 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’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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