Department of Sciences


Mathematics, Sciences and Basic Technology play a critical role in many aspects of our lives and have proven to be a powerful engine for economic growth. These fields better prepare students to meet the rigor required to better understand the world around us and are essential to strengthen our ability to innovate, which, together, yield opportunities to enrich the lives of many citizens.

The Department of Sciences strives to provide a rich, stimulating and supportive learning environment in which students, staff and students work together to achieve a common goal as stipulated in the Divine Word University philosophy. To better prepare our students to meet the challenges of the 21st century, we provide programs and mechanisms so that students can learn fundamentals in the classroom and be engaged in various activities for a common good of the department and the Divine Word University. The Department of Sciences is committed to offer opportunities for inspired and engaged teaching in an academic setting that puts students first.


The Department of Sciences aspires to offer pre-service teachers the quality and relevant mathematics education, science education and basic life skills and computer knowledge which will serve as part of a foundation for life-long endeavor in achieving their professional and academic desires. Overall, our vision is guided by the intent to improve the quality of educational courses and practice impacting the acquisition of mathematics education, science education, and the life skills and technology courses we are offering to pre-service teachers.


The Department of Science’s programs focus on issues of educational practice and related professions in mathematics, science, and technology, including the relationships among these disciplines and others. Our modern world has been transformed by the achievements in pure and applied disciplines grounded in mathematics, science and technology. Current reforms in education place increasing significance on broad-based public understanding of these three fields of human endeavor.  Within this unifying view, the Department of Sciences includes specialized programs to address the needs of professional practitioners in each area.

The mission of the Department of Sciences is to:

• offer high-quality undergraduate programs that develop well-educated teachers and professionals

• continually assess and refine all of the department’s undergraduate programs

• provide a variety of professional development and outreach programs, for teachers and students, in support of the teaching and learning of mathematics, science, and basic life skills and computing

• serve and advocate for the teaching and learning needs of the society

• maintain a leadership role and improve current leadership activities within each program

• enable students and graduates the opportunity to develop their own leadership skills

• conduct cutting-edge research on significant issues.


 Contact Us:

St Benedict's Campus Wewak
Phone: (+675) 856 2327
Fax: (+675) 856 2331
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Department of Education Curriculum and Leadership

The Education, Curriculum and Leadership Department (ECL) is based at DWU, Madang campus. It was created in 2013 after the restructure of the former Faculty of Flexible Learning (FFL) to coordinate all education programs offered through the then FFL. The department currently coordinates three programs:

1. Master of Educational Leadership (MEDL) (Full time and Flexible Learning)

2. Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning (PGCHET&L) (Flexible Learning)

3. Bachelor of Education Primary In-service (Flexible learning)

The graduate attributes of scholarship and social awareness are embedded into all our programs covering professional knowledge, analysis and problem solving, research, information technology, personal development, communication, social responsibility and social interaction. We embrace the DWU core values; integrity, academic excellence, community engagement, respect, diversity, hospitality and learning for life in the delivery of the programs. All programs are delivered using blended mode; face-to-face and the Moodle learning management system (LMS).

The MEDL program is run in collaboration with the Postgraduate and Higher Degree Center (PGHD) and it is aimed at developing capacity and ability of its participants to develop and lead the educational systems of the country at primary, secondary or tertiary levels to achieve student, institutional and national goals. The MEDL program provides students with values, attitudes, knowledge and skills that will enable them to lead their systems and organizations with a commitment to the highest standards of administrative and curriculum practices. The emphasis is on the praxis of leadership within a Christian moral and ethical framework.

The PGCHTL program is designed for people with teaching or training responsibilities who hold graduate and postgraduate qualifications, but not in teaching. The program is aimed at skilling those who have demonstrated excellence in content knowledge and workplace experience in their profession, but lack a teaching qualification. The program provides participants with essential knowledge and skills for planning programs and lessons (curriculum), using a variety of teaching and learning strategies, managing learning environments to facilitate productive learning, and designing a variety of tasks to assess learning.

The Bachelor of Education Primary, In-service program aims to improve professional learning and develop awareness of educational reforms, developments in curriculum and pedagogy, and best practice in the classroom and other learning environments. The program offers experienced teachers with a Diploma of Teaching (Primary) the opportunity both to gain such professional learning and to upgrade to a Bachelor of Education (Primary).

The department also coordinates matriculation program in five locations in the East Sepik, Western Highlands and Jiwaka provinces. The DWU Council in 2018 approved matriculation program policy. In line with one of DWU’s core values of community service and engagement the matriculation program aims to provide opportunities for young Papua New Guineans who are pushed out of the formal education system to matriculate and apply for tertiary level education.

Samoa Mariko (HOD)

Contact Us:
The Executive Officer
Faculty of Education
Phone: (675) 422 2937 Ext: 868
Fax: (675) 422 2812
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The Registrar
Phone: (675) 422 2937 Ext: 837
Fax: (675) 422 2812
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The Faculty of Education is one of the four faculties of Divine Word University. It was established as part of Divine Word University in 2004. The faculty is committed to the achievement of the triple mission of DWU through high quality teaching, research and scholarship and community engagement and outreach.

The faculty is committed to:

  • preparing new graduates for the teaching profession especially in the primary school education sector
  • upgrading and empowering teachers and professional educators of Papua New Guinea to develop the professional expertise of knowledge, attitudes and skills to provide quality education for all. More recently the faculty has ventured into the secondary education sector through the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)
  • making provision for 'quality education for all'. This commitment arises from the Catholic philosophy concerning the rights and dignity of all children and is also in accordance with the PNG Government's commitment to education and working collaboratively to help achieve Vision 2050.

The establishment of the Faculty of Education in Divine Word Unviersity did not follow the status quo. For instance, the Master of Educational Leadership was launched without a fully-fledged education faculty. Associate Professor Denis McLaughlin, from Australian Catholic University, spearheaded the launch of the Master of Educational Leadership and to date this program has become popular and credible as the flagship of the Faculty of Education and DWU.

Divine Word University also continues to draw upon the accumulated experience of many years of involvement in the provision of primary teacher education through the established primary teachers colleges at St Benedict's Campus, Kaindi, OLSH Teachers College Kabaleo, Holy Trinity Teachers College, Mt Hagen and Don Bosco Technological Institute in Port Moresby. Since 2004, more education programs have been introduced and are attracting educators to return to upgrade their qualifications.    

St Benedict's Campus, Wewak

St Benedict’s is a campus of Divine Word University and part of the Faculty of Education. St Benedict’s has an important role in training teachers to meet the needs of the primary education sector in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Embracing the motto ‘Pray, Study and Work’, staff and students demonstrate a Christian ethos to teaching, learning, research, and community service. 
The Diploma in Teaching (DipT) (Primary) program is organised under five strands: Professional Development, Language Development, Mathematics and Science Education, Social and Spiritual Education, and Community Development. This is a two-year pre-service program designed to prepare students to be beginning teachers to implement the curriculum for grades three to eight in the education system of Papua New Guinea. 
St Benedict’s was established as a teacher’s college by the Catholic Education Agency in 1968 and has made a significant contribution to teacher education over the years. DWU accepted responsibility for St Benedict’s through amalgamation in August 2003 and it has become the home of the Faculty of Education. St Benedict’s remains committed to the provision of educational services, in particular teacher education, education for children with special needs and religious education. 
St Benedict’s campus reflects the vision of DWU to be a national university, open to all, serving society through its quality of research, teaching, learning and community service in a Christian environment. 
The purpose of the Faculty of Education is to provide affordable high quality  programs that prepare professional educators and specialists to serve the needs of the educational system in Papua New Guinea. Its comprehensive programs integrate scholarship, research, and practice in collaboration with individuals, communities, educational institutions and agencies. 

The Faculty of Education has six main goals:

(1) improving and maintaining quality undergraduate and graduate programs; (2) recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and student populations;

(3) enhancing financial resources;

(4) expanding the faculty’s involvement in research and emphasizing its research strengths;

(5) serving as a leader in educational reform; and,

(6) expanding outreach to complement national educational initiatives.


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For Further Information, contact the Campus Administrator at
St Benedict's Campus, Divine Word University,
PO Box 542,
Wewak ESP 531
Tel: 856.2327 Fax: 856.2331