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Structure of Higher Education System


Higher education is provided by institutes and training centres both public and private. The University of the South Pacific (USP) - jointly owned by the governments of 12 member countries - operates a Campus in Tonga which enrols students for non-degree and degree courses by distance.

Stages of studies

University level first stage

Bachelor's degree

The normal length of Bachelor's degree courses is three years.

Admission to Higher Education

Admission to university-level studies

Name of Secondary school credential required: Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate

Name of Secondary school credential required: Tonga National Form Seven Certificate

Alternatives to credentials: Completion of the South Pacific University's one-year foundation programme is equivalent to the Form 7 for access to university studies.

Recognition of studies

Quality assurance system

The TNQAB reviews and approves qualifications in Tonga.

National Bodies

Ministry of...

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