Somare Institute of Leadership and Governance (SILAG) will obtain University Status in 2027

The Somare Institute of Leadership and Governance (SILAG) plans to get University Status by 2027, which is three(3) years from now. This was announced in the recent  swearing-in ceremony of the board members of  the board which will work towards achieving this status.

According to the current Chief Executive Officer of SILAG, one of the main tasks of the board is to ensure SILAG University Status.

The Board members comprised of Departmental Heads who has wealth of experience in the Public Service. The government has given the Board three(3) years  term and were sworn into office during the ceremony.

The Board members announced during the ceremony includes;

  • Taies Sansan-Secretary-Department of Personnel Management (Chair)
  •  Phillip Leo- Secretary for Local and Government Affairs
  • Paul Niaga-Acting Secretary-Finance
  • Kinsella-Director-National Training Council
  • Michael Barobe-Chief Executive Officer-SILAG
  • Fr. Jan Czuba-Secretary-Department of Higher Education Research, Science and Technology (DHERST)

The board will also include three(3) members to represent women, church and business would be shown in at a later date.

SILAG will specializing in offering Public Service related programs. The Personnel Management Department Secretary Taies Sansan said that in the future graduates coming into public sector employment will have to go to SILAG first to public service roles and responsibilities from bottom up.

Future Outlook

This plan is the right move as Public Sector as the largest employer in the country comprising so many Government Departments and Statutory organizations need to have a institution  specializing in public sector related programs. Also, Grade 12 School Leavers who would like to employed in the public sector fields can apply direct to SILAG.

Currently, the School of Business and Public Policy (SBPP) at the University of PNG offers a Bachelor and Masters programs Public Policy. Also, at the Divine Word University in Madang.

Number of State Universities in PNG

When SILAG gets University Status in 2027, it will bring the total number of Public Universities to seven (7). The state funded and operated universities are

  1. Western Pacific University (Ialibu-Pangia District-Southern Highlands Province)
  2. University of Goroka(Goroka-Eastern Highlands Province)
  3. PNG University of Technology (UNITECH), Lae, Morobe Province
  4. University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), Port Moresby NCD
  5. PNG University of Natural and Environmental Resources (PNGUNRE), Rabaul, ENB Province.
  6. Innovative University of Enga (IUE)-Recently established by Act of Parliament-Development is in Progress.

SILAG is the country’s oldest Public Service training institutions. It has a long history as the place where founding national leaders of the country met and discussed the plans for Independence. An informal vocal group referred to as the “Bully Beef Club”  which started the movement for the country’s independence from Australian and British rule.

The institution has several name changes. Initially  named as PNG Institute of Public Administration (IPA), it was changed to Pacific Institute of  Leadership and Governance (PILAG), after Australian Government and the Government of PNG upgraded key building infrastructures to it including the Library and Training rooms.

After the passing of the country’s Founding Prime Minister, Grand Chief, Sir Michael Somare, it’s recently named Somare Institute of Leadership and Governance (SILAG).

Currently, the institution functions as a Training Institute for public servants in various programs.

It’s campus is located in Waigani in the city of Port Moresby.

For more information about the institution and the courses it currently offers, check the SILAG website https://pilag.ac.pg/