Finance at DWU

The Bursar is the officer in charge of the business and financial aspects of DWU administration. He is assisted by a Director of Finance, Accountant, Treasurer and Purchasing Officer.

The Finance Division provides financial support in the realisation of the Divine Word University Mission and the Division seeks to:

  • • Develop an effective financial stewardship rather than merely financial control that would improve operational efficiency.
  • • Ensure the proper allocation of available financial resources consistent with the operational and development needs of the University.
  • • Assure an effective procurement system for goods and services required by the different units of the University.
  • • Maintain an accounting system that would generate accurate and timely financial information for decision-making.
  • • Ascertain the availability of funds for the operational and development needs of the University through efficient cash management.
  • • Maintain an efficient and effective academic information system responsive to the educational needs of the clientele and directly supportive of administrative decision-making.
  • • DWU accounts are audited by Price Waterhouse Coopers annually.

Finance Staff


Human Resource Management

The Human Resource Department at Divine Word University primarily acknowledges that the staff themselves are an essential and valuable resource for the University. The staff of the University are a resource that contributes immensely to the success of the University itself. They are a resource that can be further developed.

In accord with the University's Charter and its vision and mission, and in cooperation with other departments, the Human Resource Department aims to create a healthy working environment for all staff, whether they be academic, administrative or ancillary.

The Human Resource Department deals with various employment matters for all staff of the University.

  • • We deal with the recruitment and introduction of new staff.
  • • We deal with appointments, appraisals and promotions.
  • • We deal with applications for visas, work permits, and passports.
  • • We provide information on Staff Development.
  • • We facilitate the participation of staff in professional and personal development.
  • • We deal with staff housing and transit accommodation.


Vacancies at Divine Word University occur from time to time. Various positions become available at different times and sometimes unexpectedly. If you are interested in working at Divine Word University you can send your application together with an updated CV to the HRM Department. Sometimes certain positions are immediately available while other applications can be held for future reference when possible positions may arise.

For all academic positions the University requires a Master’s degree as a basic requirement. It is not the normal practice to advertise regularly on the webpage unless there is an emergency. We tend to use the local newspapers, personal recommendations and the various applications that we have on file.


Contact Details:

Telephone number: (+675) 424 1818   EXT 818
Fax: (+675) 422 2812
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



DWU Executive and Principal Officers

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Principal Officers


Deans of Faculties


Heads of Academic Departments


Directors of Academic Divisions


Senior Administrators


Directors of Administrative Divisions


Information Communication and Technology

Information Communication and Technology (ICT) comprise of Helpdesk Services, Infrastructure and Network Support. Our structure emphasizes the delivery of timely, quality and innovative information technology solutions to provide the University with convenient access to appropriate information and services.

Department of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) aims to provide the highest levels of ICT support and services to the staff and students of the university.

The responsibilities embodied within the ICT department ensure that our ICT environment meets the broad university community, that the investments and decisions we make align with the strategic directions of the university and that we appropriately utilize our resources.

Its staff are involved in a diverse number of important roles ranging from managing our Customer Operations, Desktop Support Services, Computer Laboratory Maintenance & Management, LAN Administration, Web Development and Communications, right through to maintaining the Standard Operating Environment (SOE) for the university. ICT department is dedicated to provide the best services possible to the DWU community and its affiliated and amalgamated campuses.


Getting Help: ICT Service Desk

Helpdesk is a first point of contact for all faults or queries about the ICT system supported by the University’s ICT Department.

Madang Campus:  Behind Friendship Library
Business Days and Hours
Business Days: Monday to Friday
Business Hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm

It is available to everyone entitled to use the University ICT related facilities.

Queries and or faults can be reported via:

  • Helpdesk e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Telephone on extension 888
  • Direct Dial (+675) 424 1888
  • • In person by walking into our Helpdesk office


ICT Helpdesk is available to assist members of the University to be more productive through the use of the facilities it provides and supports. For efficient use of the available technology, ICT Department is committed to assist members of the university including staffs and students whom may need assistance when encountering ICT related issues.

We welcome your suggestions on any aspects of the ICT Help Desk.
Please send your suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Divine Word University Structure

Governance of Divine Word University refers to the internal structure, organization and processes by which the university is formally organized and managed as a public university but privately administered.

The University internal governance is composed of the University Council, University Council Committees, the President, the Vice Presidents and Director for Quality Assurance. The university Cabinet, Academic Board, Faculty Boards, Leadership and Management Board, and Student Representative Council comprise the administrative team.

DWU's Vision

DWU is a national university, open to all, serving society through its quality of research, teaching, learning and community engagement in a Christian environment.

DWU is a public, government-supported ecumenical and coeducational university that is privately administered. Its primary purpose is to serve national goals. With support, partnership and collaboration from both public and private organizations, DWU commits itself to offer special training programs in response to current and emerging needs of Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific. DWU’s services are offered with a high level of ethics and respect of individual rights.


The DIVINE WORD UNIVERSITY (DWU) is a non-profit national educational institution. It is governed by a Council of not more than 13 members, who are vested with the corporate powers of the DWU In-corporation. The Council appoints the President as the Chief Executive Officer of the University.

Divine Word University Council

The overall governing body of DWU is the Council. The membership of the Council as established by the Divine Word University Act 1999 is:

  • a Chairperson appointed by the Head of the SVD in PNG;
  • the President of the University;
  • the Head of the PNG Province of the SVD;
  • four other members appointed by the Provincial Council of the SVD; and
  • not more than six other persons appointed by the DWU Council.

Adviser status on the Council is extended to:

  • the Vice Presidents
  • the University Bursar and Price WaterHouse Coopers
  • the Vice President, Student Affairs

The Council meets at least three times a year. The functions of the Council are: (Extract from section 7 of the DWU Act 1999)

    1. to promote and ensure attainment of the objectives of the University; and
    2. to determine University mission and monitor the performance of the University in terms of its mission; and
    3. to formulate university policies and planning guidelines for University management; and
    4. to appoint University officers and academic, administrative and other staff of the University; and
    5. to have the charge of the management and administration of the revenue, property and personnel of the University, and the conduct of all matters relating to the University not otherwise provided for in or under the By-law made in accordance with this Act; and
    6. to approve the Annual Report, Annual Accounts, Audit Report thereon and the budget of the University for the next financial year; and
    7. to exercise such other powers and perform such other duties as may be conferred on it by this Act; and
    8. generally, to take such action in a manner as appears to it best calculated to promote higher education in Papua New Guinea and in particular the interest and purpose of the University.

Organizational Chart


University Structure

The diagram above depicts the overall organizational structure of Divine Word University (DWU) as a National University, with campuses in different provinces of Papua New Guinea.

The DWU University Council is a policy making body responsible for the overall direction of the University. It approves all academic programs, confers degrees, diplomas and other awards, the operating and capital budgets, and approves academic and physical planning. The Council meets at least three times a year to:

  • ensure the University maintains its philosophy, vision, mission, has broad educational aims with clear and specific objectives
  • ensure the University maintains quality of its academic programs, and develops its unique culture and creativity
  • ensure that all functions planned for the University are carried out
  • be responsible for the way these functions are carried out
  • ensure the University is managed efficiently and effectively
  • set policy, monitor its implementation and performance
  • ensure that DWU keeps its institutional autonomy and acts with responsibility.

The Council liaises directly with the President who is advised by the University Cabinet. Where a need arises, the Council may call on any of the Vice Presidents or Head of an administrative division to report or clarify matters to the Council.

The Cabinet is the Advisory Body to the President. It is composed of each of the Vice Presidents from the different campuses and Heads of key divisions such as the Bursary, Library, Information and Communication Technology, Human Resource, Student Services, Vice President of DWU and Vice President Development and Self-Reliance. The Cabinet is expected to meet at least three times a year.

All staff holding the key positions such as Vice President or Director of main departments are expected to coordinate and liaise with each other and they may communicate with the University Council as well.

In this organizational structure, the Council has different perspectives of the different functions and activities from the Executives and principal officers of the university. Thus there is a clear outline on the communication processes among the Executives of the University and the University Council and showing internal structure, organization and processes by which the University is formally organized and managed as a National University.

An appointed Governing Council is composed of 12 people from outside the university and the President appointed by the Council. They have governing responsibilities for the University. However the University Council is advised by the Vice President Academic concerning academic matters, the Vice President Research and Postgraduate Studies regarding research and postgraduate programs, the Vice President Student Affairs about student services, the President concerning leadership and management of the entire University and the University Bursar in relation to financial division. Those above perspective of staff and students perform an advisory role in the governing structure of DWU. This approach to governance stimulates creative, engagement and enthusiasm of the academic and administrative staff and the students instead of introducing more regulations.