Overview of Faculty Operational Plan

Associate Professor Sr. Miriam Dlugosz                                         
Faculty Dean                                                                 
                                                                                                              Ms. Leonie Baptiste
                                                                                                              Faculty Research Coodinator
                                                                                     
Professor Maretta Kula-Semos                                                       Ms. Chelsea Chow
Professor of Humanities                                                                 Executive Officer to FASS Dean
                                                                                                           
                                                                                                 
                                                                                       
 
Department of Papua New Guinea Studies and International Relations (PGIR)
 
 
 
 

Bachelor of Arts (PNG Studies)

Department of Papua New Guinea Studies and International Relations

Overview

The Department of Papua New Guinea Studies and International Relations (PGIR) is one of the four Departments in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the Divine Word University (DWU). The Department offers a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree program in PNG Studies and International Relations (PGSIR). This is in line with the Faculty’s commitment to producing quality graduates for the twenty-first century in an active Christian environment within a PNG and Melanesian context. The program is designed to equip students deal with social and political issues affecting the country and its neighbours. Papua New Guinea (PNG) is fast becoming a strategic place not only for its industrial and resource boom but also for its strategic location between the Asian neighbours, Australia/New Zealand and the Pacific Island countries. As such PNG is not only challenged to contribute its share of influence in cultural and social issues, politics, economics, regional and international obligations but also to provide adequate human resources to take on the challenges. Therefore, the Department is committed to train and shape its students, the future leaders, to become responsible citizens and contribute positively towards nation building.

As PNG society attempts to keep abreast with the fast changing social, political and economic landscape of the country, it has become necessary that the younger generations of PNG keep pace with changes and become active players of these changes. Accordingly, the units in the program at the Department are designed with updated content, teaching and learning strategies and techniques, and assessment methods in a creative and proactive way.

The Department offers multi-studies focus in PNG and Melanesian Studies; politics, comparative politics and international relations; policy analysis, development studies and community development; peace and gender studies; regional and global studies, life skills, ethics and Christian values; research methods and projects.

The Department has qualified, skilled and experienced academics and professionals who encourage and advance positive influence among the students through academic teaching, research, community engagement, and social action. This is in line with the university’s triple mission of learning and teaching, research and community engagement, and in accordance with DWU Second Decade Strategic Plan 2006 to 2016, PNG Vision 2050 and Higher Education Plan III.

Future Plans

The Department has undergone a number of developments over the years and now is structured around five majors: (1) anthropology, PNG Studies and history; (2) politics and international relations; (3) development studies and community development; (4) peace and gender studies; and (5) environmental and sustainability studies. The anthropology/PNG Studies strand was developed in partnership with the University of Heidelberg.

Currently, the main program of the Department of PGSIR is the Bachelor of Arts (PNG Studies). The Department has begun work on developing two (2) other stand-alone BA programs in International Relations and Community Development. It is envisaged we will introduce these soon, once the academic review process is complete. All our programs provide opportunities for acquisition of workplace skills as well as broad-spectrum education foundations required for training in a variety of exciting career pathways and occupations in Papua New Guinea, the Pacific and the Region.

The Department is progressively developing its academic programs to suit the modern day needs of PNG, Melanesia and the region. It engages in critical self-evaluation and innovative ideas on quality structure and delivery of the programs. It is the vision of the Department, and in line with the vision of the University, that the graduates of the Department be able to provide strong ethical, influential and constructive leadership in the work force both within PNG and abroad.

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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Department of Governance and Leadership

Overview

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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