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Science and Technology
Research and Development
Data - Papua New Guinea
Pongie Kichawen, PhD
Office of Higher Education
Papua New Guinea
Outline
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Introduction
Country Profile
Structure of science and technology in PNG
Research and Science & Technology Institutions
Status of Research and Development Data in
Science and Technology in PNG
Importance of Science & Technology R & D Data
Policy Initiatives
Future Plan for Science and Technology Data
How have and can UNESCO Assist
Conclusion
Introduction
• Thank UNESCO and the Institute for
Statistics and other sponsors
including:
- UNESCO Science Policy and
Sustainable Development Division
- Ministry of Education, Youth and
Sports, Cambodia, Scientific
Research Department
- UNESCO Office in Phnom Penh
- UNESCO Office in Jakarta
• Great Initiative
• Importance of sharing of S&T
data and knowledge
• Capacity Building
• Economic Benefits
• Relating S&T data and policy to
major economic development
policies
Country Profile
• Located in the South West
Pacific, Australia up North and
Indonesia to the West
• Population of approx. 6 million
• Land area of 462,840 km²
• More than 800 languages
• English is the language of
instruction at schools
Country Profile continue
• Political system is democracy
Westminster System of
Government
• Resources – Minerals, Oil, Gas,
Agriculture commodities
• < 0.3 % of GDP on R & D
Science and Technology
Structure
Ministry of Higher
Education, Research,
Science
and Technology
Commission for
Higher
Education
Office of Higher
Education
Research, Science and
Technology Council
Secretariat
Science and
Technology
Initiative
Committee
Research, Science and
Technology Institutions
• 6 Universities
• 4 Specialized research
institutions in Agriculture,
Medical, Coffee, Coconut,
Cocoa
• Government agencies
departments
• K300m approx. US$ 100m
Status of Research and
Development Data in Science
and Technology in PNG
• Importance of use of Data
• Internal use only
• Data available, not in digital
form
• No centralized system
• Only made aware of UNESCO
requirement
• Support UNESCO initiative
Importance of Science &
Technology R & D Data
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Know the types of R & D taking place in PNG
Know how much is being spent on R & D
Know how R & D data can be linked to national
priorities
Believe S & T is the foundation for modernisation
drive from rural based economy to high tech
market economy
Encourage Universities and other tertiary
institutions to contribute to R & D
Promote key partners in research and
development
Develop a national innovation system
Identify industrial training support for
undergraduates in S&T
Incubation Parks for S&T graduates
Inauguration of national research and scientific
awards
Resource based funding of research in S&T
Policy Initiatives
• S & T Policy in 1991
• S & T Council Act 1992
• Policy for Supporting Research
and Development 2007
• S &T Initiative in 2007
• RST Council established in 2008
Future Plan for Science
and Technology Data
• Commenced data collection &
compilation in 2008
• Budget provision for 2009 data
collection & compilation
• Dispatch UNESCO database
questionnaire
• Commence a HE Management
Information System to link
universities and research
institutions
How have and can
UNESCO Assist?
• Exposing PNG to a workshop
like this
• Conduct a similar workshop in
PNG including other Pacific
countries
• Build capacity and R & D data
system in PNG
Conclusion
PNG does not have an R & D
centralised database system
and needs UNESCO assistance
to set it up
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Questions?