Department of Governance and Leadership


The Department of Governance and Leadership (DGL) was established as a department under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) in 2013. The programs were initially under the Faculty of Flexible Learning which was abolished in December 2012. All programs offered under DGL are through flexible learning (FL) mode and are specifically targeted at the workforce of PNG. Most students enrolled in these programs are adult working students who are required to attend a two-week residential session every semester for the two years duration of their studies.

The department is committed to the Arts Faculty vision by ensuring it is in the business of producing quality working adult graduates for the workforce in Papua New Guinea in the twenty-first century. The programs are designed to equip and develop knowledge and competencies of public servants in the broad areas of public sector governance, leadership and management in order for them to deal with issues in contemporary PNG workplaces. The fast evolving workplaces in PNG are increasingly exposed to new challenges from the context of globalization and international benchmarking and best practices, which gives the department the greatest challenge to come up with best formal training and education for adult working students which are also based on ethical and Christian values.

Programs offered ( DWU owned)

Master of Public Administration (MPAdmin.)

Master in Leadership in Development (MLD)

Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA)

Diploma in Project Management (DPM).

Accedited programs

Diploma in Justice Administration

Diploma in Custom Studies

Diploma in Pastorial Ministry

For accredited programs, lecturers are provided by the respective organizations. The department managers the results and also assists in the screening of applicants especially the Diploma in Justice Administration.

The department currently has three academic staff who are all qualified with Master degrees and lots of work experiences in both the public and private sectors. The DGL lecturers teach at the department and units of flexible learning programs offerred by other faculties, specifically, the Faculty of Business and Informatics (FBI), DGL value this cross teaching partnership which enables the departments and Faculties to hand in hand.

Future plans

The Department of Governance and Leadership also aims to create a pool of well qualified lecturers who can each be a catalyst for change to influence the workplace through academic teaching, research and community engagement. This is in line with the university’s triple mission of learning and teaching, research and community engagement and in accordance with Vision 2050.

New programs and alternative modes of learning

The department also plans to introduce three more flexible learning programs, such as Diploma in Industrial Relations, Degree in Project Management and a Master Degree in Project Management. We also plan to offer a few of our program units online, in line with the FASS Operational Plan. This is particularly in line with FASS emphasis on developing a variety of academic programs and to consider alternative modes of learning, including blended learning which DGL is very much committed to implement.

More partnerships

DGL intends to create more partnerships with other organisations within Papua New Guinea (PNG) and abroad. Our partnership programs within PNG are very effective and we look forward to secure good international partnership projects with institutions and organsations abroad.

More Involvement in research activities

DGL staffs also intend to strenghten and increase their involvement in research activities which is an area that needs more attention. It is our hope that by moving forward we will be able to actively involve ourselves in research projects. The University's and FASS's emphasis for alternative modes of learning and teaching and recruitment of additional staff can provide more opportunity for engaging in research activities.

2012 Bachelor of Public Administration Students  2012 MPAdmin. Pioneers in a seminar


Contact Details

Executive Officer to Dean of FASS
The Registrar
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Divine Word University
Tel: (+675) 424 1714 Tel: (+675) 422 2937
Fax: (+675) 422 2151 Fax: (+675) 422 2812
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