Press Release

Digital education to boost workers' skills and efficiency

04/03/2018

Focusing on digital platforms in the higher education sector is key to producing future qualified and competent workers in Papua New Guinea and to improving the abilities of the current workforce.

Focusing on digital platforms in the higher education sector is key to producing future qualified and competent workers in Papua New Guinea and to improving the abilities of the current workforce.

"Human capital is the key driving force behind the transition from the traditional industrial era to the digital age," said Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Minister, Hon. Pila Niningi, during APEC's Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG) Meeting held in Port Moresby.

The gathering of APEC officials discussed the development of software that will aid higher education institutions in selecting students according to the choices and qualifications made by school-leavers. Online software will extend the reach of higher education institutions in searching for students, and will help level the playing field in favor of those who miss out from face-to-face formal education.

"Digital education is a reality that needs to be holistically embraced by all higher education institutions to ensure that our people's knowledge is robust and our skills can contribute to the global community through innovative Papua New Guineans," said Minister Niningi, who stated that his Ministry is looking to employ digital education specialists to unify the fragmented higher education sector, improve quality of programs, and ensure that students will graduate as competent and skilled citizens.

"Under PNG's theme, ‘Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future,’” Minister Niningi said,” we will endeavor to address issues affecting education and training as well as innovative ideas and the strategies for the education and training sector in the digital age."