Papua New Guinea University of Natural Resources and Environment began as Vudal Agricultural College, a male only college of the then Department of Agriculture, Stock and Fisheries in 1965, providing diploma training in Agriculture.
In 1992, it became a college of PNG University of Technology and was renamed Vudal University College. This status remained for five years until in 1997, a Ministerial Task Force recommended that the institution become a full autonomous University and the University of Vudal was born.
In 2000, UoV integrated Popondetta Agricultural College, the oldest training institution in the country. After an upgrade of the curriculum, the campus began offering Diploma training in tropical agriculture, while at the main campus in Vudal, diploma and degree programs in tropical agriculture at undergraduate level were offered. The University also began offering a Masters in Management postgraduate program at the same time.
No new academic programs were introduced until 2006, when the University in partnership with the National Fisheries Authority, began offering diploma/degree studies in Fisheries and Marine Resources. The program was taught split between Vudal campus and National Fisheries College in Kavieng until 2013. The following year. It was taught full time in East New Britain.
In 2009, the University integrated the former Sepik Agriculture College. The college became the University’s Maprik Campus. The plans at the time were for the campus to teach Commercial Agriculture there. In 2014, however, both Popondetta campus and Maprik campus reverted back to the Government.
With the increasing global focus on the environment and its sustainable care, the University Council in 2005 under the Chairmanship of former Prime Minister and current Governor for New Ireland, Sir Julius Chan, instrumented a name change from University of Vudal to Papua New Guinea University of Natural Resources and Environment. This timely and calculated move was made to ensure that the sustainable conservation and harvesting of main stream natural resources (Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry and Tourism) became the University’s central training spine to strengthen its two primary focuses – its vision and mission.
The new thrust in training emphasized sound harvesting and management of Papua New Guinea’s Natural Resources, but more importantly the country’s renewable natural resources which is the sustaining factor for future generations.
These focuses have been at the forefront of the University’s marketing drive to internationalize as well as to equip the community with some of these skills, household by household, as part of the concerted effort to achieve sustainability for the nation and the world.