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Our Vision

WE are Prime Higher National Training institution forcused on Growth, Research, Quality Education and Skills training.

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Mission Statement

WE, are a Prime state institution, committed to Developing Educational programs for integral human development to meet Business, Industry and Community needs for sustainable national development.

About Us

The National Polytechnic Institute of Papua New Guinea stands as a cornerstone within the educational landscape of the nation. As one of the seven Technical and Business Colleges operating under the TVET Division of the National Department of Education, our institution is dedicated to fostering excellence in technical and vocational education.

With a proud tradition of academic distinction, we boast the largest student enrollment among our peers, with over 1000 students currently pursuing their educational goals within our halls. Offering a comprehensive array of 24 programs, we lead the way in providing diverse educational opportunities, ensuring our students are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed for success in their chosen fields.

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Our Journey

  • The journey of establishment for The National Polytechnic Institute of Papua New Guinea, formerly known as Lae Technical College, began in 1953 at the Busu Secondary grounds. It was later relocated to its current site between 1954 and 1955.
  • The school commenced its first apprentice program in 1955.
  • In 1965, the status of the institution changed from a school to a college. Significant infrastructure development ensued, along with plans to introduce new programs.
  • The college was running a continuous High School Technical Education Program, wherein Grade 8 students proceeded to the Technical College to complete Grades 9 and 10.
  • Between 1979 and 1980, the continuous High School Technical Education program was phased out and replaced with the 40 Week Pre-Employment Technical Training Certificate (PETT), which admitted Grade 10 school leavers. Additionally, various programs for the award of Certificate in Higher Technical Education (CHTE) and various tradesmen extension courses were conducted during this period.
  • In 1993, the first of the four-semester diploma programs, or two years of full-time studies, was introduced to replace the CHTE programs.

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