|Some of the construction work at Newton College. © Jeffrey Driver, 2020.|
The Road to Government Registration and Accreditation
ABM has recently received news from Bishop Jeff Driver, Acting Principle of Newton Theological College in Papua New Guinea.
Bishop Jeff notes that whilst much progress has been made, the college still faces some significant challenges as it proceeds to make itself ready for the requirements of registration and accreditation with the Papua New Guinea government, as a higher education institution.
He notes, “In 2018 measures were implemented for the registration and accreditation of all higher learning providers in Papua New Guinea, including those offering vocational as well as universality level qualifications. The standards associated with this process are quite ambitious.
“Without registration and accreditation, Newton College will no longer be able to offer higher education awards (even at the certificate level).”
According to Bishop Jeff, applications for Registration and Accreditation are assessed against a range of requirements, including:
Bishop Jeff notes that the nearly completed revised curriculum has been designed to meet the standards of a modern tertiary system and can be adapted to meet the Board’s criteria for accreditation.
He adds, “While these challenges loom large over the year ahead, we also have progress to celebrate. We have started teaching the revised curriculum. The new diploma curriculum is for a two- year qualification that will be taught over three years to allow time for the other aspects of ministry formation. Other subjects will be rolled out of this year and many of them have a much greater focus on PNG faith and culture.
|Dr John Wright taught an intensive on “Torah” during November.|
“A highlight towards the end of last year was a visit by Dr John Wright (former Dean of St John’s Auckland) who taught a subject intensive on the Torah. Other visitors included Lynn Pryor, from Melbourne, who provided training for our new librarian, also Ivan Morrison, from Forbes NSW, who looked at several projects to enhance the physical facilities.
“The following progress has been made on physical aspects of the College:
“Repairs and refurbishment that the College hopes to complete in 2020 include:
ABM thanks its generous donors for contributing to these improvements, and requests your continuing prayers for Newton College, its Council, staff, students, and their families, as they face the challenges ahead.
For more information, or to donate, please see Newton Theological College or contact Bishop Jeffrey Driver at firstname.lastname@example.org