The Papua New Guinea University of Technology (Unitech) is located in Lae, Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea. It is Papua New Guinea's only technological institution, playing a vital role in the education of PNG elites, now contributing tremedously to the development of the country. Unitech has awarded since 2009 over 13, 029 degrees, diploma certificates to students mainly from Papua New Guinea and neighbouring Pacific Islanders. This represents a significant proportion of the Nation's professionally trained working population. Buildings worth seeing are the haus tambaran-style (spirit house) coffeehouse and the 36 Sepik-style carved pillars in Duncanson Hall. Parks and gardens surround the buildings. Unitech is located 8km out of town on Bumbu Road.
Lae is the capital of Morobe and Papua New Guinea second-largest city. It was once a tiny mission station before the 1920s goldrush at Wau, and later developed into a major seaport. The town is well serviced by banks, hotels, department stores, markets and artefact shops. Goldmining, birdwatching and butterflies can be seen around Wau and Bulolo in the hills south of Lae. Lae is linked to the Highlands by the Okuk Highway.