Theresia Wome Kau (HoD)


  • Senior Lecturer & HoD
  • Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management
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  • Tel: (+675) 424 1731
  • EXT: 731


Masters of Management Studies in Tourism and Hospitality (University of Waikato, New Zealand)
Bachelor of Education (University of Goroka, Papua New Guinea)

Theresia Kau is a secondary school teacher by profession specialised in Home Economics, Social Sciences and Agriculture. Taught in various schools in both rural and urban settings throughout Papua New Guinea; I have vast experience in teaching and working with different range of students and groups of people.

After completion of Bachelors in Education, I joined the University of Goroka in teaching Home Economics for 3 years.  I then went for studies and upon return, taught Tourism and Hospitality Management at UOG in 2014.

Have immense experience in community development and heavily involved in community based projects. The specific areas I am currently involved in are:

  • • Community Based Tourism with local groups. I facilitate tourism advocacies for communities by students from educational instructions I am involved with like UOG I was a part of previously.  Community based tourism development, product and services marketing and development at the local destinations as seen appropriate. I own a cultural centre and indigenous museum that helps with all other tourism related projects.


  • • Facilitate library trainings for teachers at all levels of education in Jiwaka Province by networking and linking the provincial Education Board to trainers at universities such as UOG. This is effectively done as I supply books and coordinate construction and setup of libraries in schools within my district. I manage two libraries currently in Kuli. More information on the Kuli Library Project can be obtained from my webpage:


  • • I coordinate for PNG Quebri Seasonal Workers. This is a New Zealand Based company helping to create hope and employment opportunities for PNG communities. They aim to break the shackles of poverty, suppression and oppression.


Overall, I have knowledge and understanding in coordinating, training, advising, assisting and working in partnership with the communities I live in for a better community, province, Papua New Guinea and the world as a whole.

Research Interests
Community based tourism
Sustainable tourism
Tourism advocacy
Tourism Research


BS326 - Research Methods 1

BS429 - Research Methods 2

TH413 - Tourism and Hospitality Services Management

Participated in the Science and Sustainability Conference as a presenter at the University of Papua New Guinea, November, 2014. Research study “The role of tourism promoting community development in the development of Jiwaka Province, PNG.”

Participated in the International Conference of Tourism (ICOT) as a presenter at Middlesex Business School in London, UK; July, 2015. Research study; “The role of tourism promoting community development in the development of Jiwaka Province, PNG.”

Participated in the National Education Conference as a presenter at UOG, PNG; September, 2015. Research study; Case study on own project: The significance of libraries in Educational institutions; The case of Jiwaka Province.

Professional Associations
Member of DWU Alumni Association
Call of the Kiwi (New Zealand Alumni in Papua New Guinea)
The University of Waikato Alumni

Research Study; “The role of tourism promoting community development in the development of Jiwaka Province, PNG.”. This can be obtained under http://research

Journal article: Tourism development in the third world and its success factors; The case of Jiwaka Province. Edited and awaiting publication in UOG Journal, 4th edition.