Divine Word University

Over 200 nurses, teachers graduate

DWU vice president research and higher degrees Professor, Fr Philip Gibbs, told the graduates that when teachers and nurses are committed to their professions, the communities are served well.

He told graduates that they are entering two important professions as “transformed” individuals who can make a difference in the communities they serve.

Prof Gibbs was speaking at the 2nd combined graduation ceremony of Our Lady of the Sacred

Heart (OLSH) Kabaleo Teachers College and St Mary’s School of Nursing-Vunapope, on 30 November, 2017.

Inaugural Colombo plan student leaves PNG

Australian student Gina Zheng has completed three-and-a-half months of study at Divine Word University in Madang.

Zheng, a student at the Australian National University, arrived in Papua New Guinea in mid-July to undertake study towards her double degree in Bachelor of Law (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (Development Studies) at Divine Word University. She also undertook an internship with the World Wide Fund and supported non-government organisation Equal Playing Field, assisting with implementation of their first gender equality tertiary program.

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Dame Meg was guest at the University's 9th Missioning Ceremony for final year students.


Meredith Kuusa with more 

40 research projects presented at DWU

Last Friday, final year students in the Bachelor of Information Systems and Bachelor of Mathematics and Computing Sciences programs presented 40 research projects as part of their academic assessment. 

This year’s student research and symposium series in the two programs add on the successes so far where past students have developed specialised skills in research that led to increased employability.

​Less access to healthcare for rural people

Our people are subjected to higher risks of contracting diseases and less access to quality healthcare.

Health Minister, Dr Puka Temu, said this during the opening of the new Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences lecture building at the Divine Word University in Madang.

“Through the government strategic plan and investment in higher education like DWU, we hope to enhance the health care delivery in remote areas of this land.”

Temu opens new faculty building

This was stated by the Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS, Dr Puka Temu during the opening of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences lecture building at the Divine Word University in Madang Province.

In his opening remarks, Dr Temu said educating people enables them to obtain safer jobs, increased health literacy, take preventative healthcare measures, avoid riskier health behaviours and demand better quality health services.

“This is particularly the case for women living in our country, from girls entering youth to pregnant mothers.”

First Equal Playing Field uni program launched

Co-founded by current Communication Arts final year students Joshua Kiruhia and International Exchange (Inaugural Australian New Colombo Plan Fellow to PNG) student Gina Zheng, EPF4U is all about empowering students to becoming better leaders of gender equality.

“Equal Playing Field for Universities is to bring change in the students’ communities and in their classrooms,” says Kiruhia.

“We believe that when they go through our gender leadership program, after six weeks the students will be equipped to run initiatives and advocacy programs.”

​Hold onto your journalism values: Reporter

This was what the Divine Word University Media Freedom Day keynote speaker and TVWan senior reporter, Meredith Kuusa, said during celebrations at DWU Madang Campus’ SVD Memorial Auditorium.

She acknowledged the event’s theme ‘Media’s role in digital era’, and said news organisations in the country were faced with the challenges of providing factual information ‘instantaneously’.

Media’s role in voicing GBV issues

This was the message during the Divine Word University Media Freedom Day celebrations by DWU vice president of research and higher degrees, Professor Fr. Philip Gibbs.

In his speech titled ‘GBV (Gender-based violence): Getting the message across’, he said those giving reports should consider the type of language used, and beliefs and actions desired.

He added that it was not just a matter of exposing the situation to communities, but to find approaches to engage them in ways that make a difference.

DWU Open Day underway

Each of the departments will be showcasing electronic displays for today’s Open Day event.

The Open Day is an annual event in which students within each department get to showcase what they learn in class with the purpose of marketing the university to prospecting students, sponsors, parents and other interested stakeholders.

The theme for this year is ‘Advancing quality collaborative e-learning accessible to all,’ and departments would capture it in their displays.