A collaborative governance approach to improving tertiary education in Papua New Guinea

Eldridge, Kaye, Larry, Lisa, Baird, Jeanette, and Kavanamur, David (2018) A collaborative governance approach to improving tertiary education in Papua New Guinea. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 38 (1). pp. 78-90.

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Abstract

Tertiary education in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is in a critical state, as the sector struggles to address increased demand for student places with severely curtailed capacity. Recent thinking about improving public services in PNG has emphasized whole of sector or collaborative governance. Such an approach in tertiary education has the potential to improve the sector's outcomes within its existing resource constraints. This exploratory paper examines the challenges involved in applying a deliberate collaborative governance approach to tertiary education in PNG. In particular, two theoretical models of collaborative governance are employed to gain insight into possible issues through the consideration of four main criteria: power, incentives, history, and leadership. The paper shows that the challenges to introducing collaborative governance to PNG tertiary education are substantive, and that any effective effort will require committed leadership and a carefully measured strategy that acknowledges the country's particular circumstances.

Item ID: 53562
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1742-6855
Keywords: tertiary education, post-secondary education, governance, collaborative governance, Papua New Guinea
Copyright Information: © 2018 National Institute of Education, Singapore
Date Deposited: 09 May 2018 08:14
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education @ 30%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130311 Pacific Peoples Education @ 35%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership @ 35%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education @ 35%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939906 Pacific Peoples Education @ 30%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930502 Management of Education and Training Systems @ 35%
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