Divine Word University

Study Underway On Vaccine Acceptance

The research seeks to find out reasons Papua New Guineans are not adhering to the Government’s strategy for COVID-19.

PNG Science and Technology Secretariat and Divine Word University recently signed an agreement where a cheque of K100,000 was presented to the University.

PNG STS Acting CEO, Dr Kulalang Mulung, said the department’s support towards research into COVID -19 in the country was to identify reasons why some Papua New Guineans are not adhering to the Government’s strategy for COVID-19.

DWU Launch 2022 Academic Year

The launching of the academic year was also followed by the 43rd anniversary of the foundation of Divine Word Institute and 28 anniversary of Divine Word University.

University President Professor Fr. Philip Gibbs said the university has been recognized through the many years of promoting knowledge and transformation for everyone in Papua New Guinea.

The launch began with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist mass at the University chapel then continued to the SVD Memorial Auditorium for the official launching program.

DWU Continues To Build Facilities

Male and female dormitories for the former Institute were inherited from the high school. Later, the SVD brothers built permanent dormitories and some of those structures are still being used in the male and female dorms today.

On Thursday, 3rd of February the University was proud to open a 73-bed dormitory for the male students, funded under the Government’s Public Investment Program.

DWU President, Professor Fr. Philip Gibbs said construction began in 2021 with the aim to complete the construction before the 2022 academic year begins.

Parlt Backs Medical Bill

The Medical Registration Act was enacted in Parliament in 1980, which used to regulate and register all different cadres of health professionals in the country.

The law sets out the requirements of health professional registration and the standard under which they are to practice.

Everyday people: Glen Burua

I started motivating students in 2016 when I was doing my first year of studies at the Divine Word University. 

I have visited many schools since then inspiring students to never give up on achieving their dreams. 

The drive behind my motivational talks was a personal one for me.

When I was in secondary school, I was facing personal issues which contributed to my low grades in school. 

I was talked down on by my teachers for scoring low marks. 

But they never understood and talked through with me the reasons behind my failings. 

DWU 39th graduation postponed

The graduation ceremony will now be held on Friday 19th March. 

DWU President Professor Father Philip Gibbs SVD announced the decision of the University Council over the weekend. 

“After consultation with the Chair of Council I can confirm that the DWU Graduation which was to be on the 12th March is now postponed by one week and is rescheduled for Friday 19th March,” said Professor Gibbs. 

Father Gibbs also noted that there will be difficulties for parents and students who have booked flights and accommodation for the planned graduation on the 12th of March.

DWU Medical School to be accredited

Deputy Chairman of the National Health Board, Dr Mathias Sapuri, said this in a statement released today.

DWU’s accreditation is among the steps taken to address the workforce crisis in the health sector.

Dr Sapuri said mechanisms were already in place to tackle the manpower shortage in PNG’s health sector, such as the Health Work Force Enhancement Plan 2012-2017.

“And as a result, six more nursing schools and seven community health workers schools were opened, while the capacities of the existing schools increased.

DWU maintains 2018 fees

Registrar Cecilia N’Drower said new and continuing students for the main campus in Madang can log onto the DWU Website (dwu.ac.pg) and see all information on fees, payment schedule and registration requirements posted under the tab “DWU Registration Information 2019”. This is in addition to letters posted to the students.

She said fees for full time undergraduate students in Wewak and Rabaul campuses also remain the same.

Students must check the information in letters sent to them or consult their respective campuses for further information.

Campus to welcome pioneer nursing batch

St. Benedict’s Campus President, Dr. Lawrence Arokiaraj, said with the completed classroom and assimilation room, the university is ready for the new intakes.

This follows the visit of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to the Campus last year where he officiated the ground breaking ceremony of the Boram School of Nursing.

Dr Arokiaraj thanked the Prime Minister, the Minister for National Planning, Richard Maru, and the Government for the support and confidence in the university to facility the training of nurses for the country.

DWU Central students visit rural schools

DWU Central and NCD Students Association vice-president, Beverly Tungal, who is a third year Business Accounting student, says the awareness program aims to motivate the students of Central to consider attaining a tertiary level of education.

Furthermore, in doing so, the number of student intake from the province would rise, contributing to the bigger picture of a developed community and province.