Papua New Guinea University of Technology

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Papua New Guinea University of Technology
The Matheson Library at Unitech
Established 1965[1]
Type Public
Chancellor Nagora Bogan[2]
Vice-Chancellor Albert Schram [3]
Academic staff
Students 3,000[4]
Location Lae, Morobe, Papua New Guinea
Campus (various)
Affiliations Association of Commonwealth Universities
The Unitech Kopi Haus (coffee house)

The Papua New Guinea University of Technology or 'Unitech' is located 8 km outside of Lae, in the Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea. It has 13 teaching departments and 3 affiliated colleges.

It is the second largest university in PNG after its 'sister' university the University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby. While UPNG concentrates on the arts, pure sciences, law and medicine, Unitech focuses on research in technological or applied sciences. It is the only technological university in the South Pacific, outside of Australia and New Zealand.


Unitech was created as the PNG Institute of Higher Technical Education in May 1965 and was located in Port Moresby. In 1968 it moved to a 2 square kilometre campus outside of Lae and in March 1970 was renamed the PNG Institute of Technology. The institution achieved its present status in August 1973 when it became a university proper.

The university has grown from just 37 students in 1967 to over 2,000 currently each year. By the end of 2003 Unitech had awarded 10,122 degrees, diplomas and certificates to students mainly from PNG and neighbouring Pacific countries.


Unitech offers courses in the following fields:


Unitech has a students' soccer club named Unitech Lae FC.The club has achieved a lot within the last 15 years since entering the competition in LSA and now back to LFA. One of the major achievements of the club was being the first PNG club to represent PNG at the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in 2001 in Port Moresby. Furthermore, UFC has produced some former and current PNG representative players in the national team.

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  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ ":: UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY - PAPUA NEW GUINEA ::". Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  3. ^ ":: UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY - PAPUA NEW GUINEA ::". Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  4. ^ [2][dead link]

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Coordinates: 6°40′12″S 146°59′42″E / 6.670°S 146.995°E / -6.670; 146.995