DWU Research Journal




International Partners

  • Australian Catholic University - School of Business
  • Centre for Health, Information, Policy and Systems Research (CHIPSR), Fiji National University
  • Nossal Institute for Global Health (Melbourne)
  • International Water Centre (Brisbane)
  • Filmgestalten UG, Germany
  • University of Canberra
  • Australian National University
  • James Cook University

National Partners

  • PNG Department of Higher Education Research Science and Technology
  • PNG Medical Research Institute
  • Melanesian Research Institute
  • University of Goroka
  • Papua New Guinea University of Technology
  • University of Papua New Guinea - School of Business
  • Pacific Adventist University
  • University of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Binatang Research Centre

Local Partners

  • Volunteer Services Overseas
  • Summer Institute of Linguistics
  • Association of Teritary Education Management - PNG Chapter
  • Papua New Guinea Australia Alumni Association

Vision and Mission

DWU Vision

Divine Word University (DWU) is a National University, open to all, serving society through its quality of research, teaching, learning and community service in a Christian environment


Research Mission

The vision and mission of DWU requires application of knowledge as a public service. The mission of the Postgraduate Research Centre is to ensure teaching, research and community engagement and service are the fundamental responsibilities of every full time academic staff member. There are valuable connections to be made across these areas of academic work, including engaging in administrative knowlege and skills. To do this, the centre aspires to:


  • Promote research knowledge to enhance learning and teaching across the university
  • Promote research skills that can be used in the scholarship of teaching across the university
  • Promote staff participation in administrative knowledge and skills required for both research and teaching.
  • Promote the translation of the outcomes of research and teaching through community engagement and service. This may take the form of research commissioned to serve public need, and collaborative research with partners external to DWU.
  • Ensure quality assurance of all research activities and postgraduate and higher degree study programs at DWU

Higher Degree Forms


Since the 2011 Academic Audit by AUQA, Divine Word University has advanced its research profile in significant ways. The Office of Vice President, Research and Postgraduate Studies (VPRPS) was created in late 2011 followed by the subsequent appointment of the VPRPS in early 2012. The VPRPS is responsible for ensuring quality leadership and management of two core academic activities; Research and Postgraduate Studies, the latter, is inclusive of master and doctoral programs. Whereas all formal research activities are aligned to the DWU Research Plan 2011-2016, our postgraduate studies operate within the Regulations that Guide Research Higher Degree Programs.

The Research Plan, derived from the DWU Strategic Plan 2006–2016, is intended to drive the triple mission of DWU; the acquisition of knowledge (the mission of research), the transmission of knowledge (the mission of teaching), and the application of knowledge (the mission of community engagement). Faculties have begun and will continue to be active participants in the plan as they measure their performances against the key research performance indicators.

Regarding postgraduate studies, except for the Doctor of Philosophy Program, which is offered both full and part time, all other postgraduate masters programs are offered through flexible learning. As the university expands to meet the demands of higher education in PNG, some of these postgraduate masters programs will be offered either on full time basis, online, or through blended learning. For now, the demand to study part-time whilst remaining connected to the workforce, workplace environment, and the social support and security of family, determines the nature of our postgraduate masters programs at DWU. This can pose various challenges, including, that of sustaining quality postgraduate programs in a changing higher education landscape in PNG.

Dr Maretta Kula-Semos (PhD)