Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance at DWU

Assuring the public, DWU benefactors, the professions and Papua New Guinea Government of the integrity and quality of DWU’s academic awards is of paramount importance to the standing of Divine Word University both nationally and internationally. Therefore, DWU takes quality assurance seriously.  DWU’s quality assurance and enhancement framework covers a wide range of strategies and policies, all of which are in place to ensure that DWU continues to develop and maintain high standards of academic excellence. The strategies include international benchmarking of programs through twinning partnerships international universities, and cyclic external independent audits at both program and institutional levels. Internal strategies include annual program and unit reviews as well as appraisal of new programs for standards compliance prior to implementation.


A new Academic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Board will be established once the 2015-2016 review of the DWU organizational structure has been completed. This Board will be responsible, among other activities, for the quality assurance of new program proposals and major program changes. It will provide guidance for updating of existing QA policies and processes. Until the new Board is established, these functions will be taken on by the VPAQAA and the Quality Assurance Division.

Director Academic Quality Assurance



  • Dr Ludmilla Luddy Salonda (Ph.D)
  • Director Academic Quality Assurance and Senior Lecturer
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  • Tel: (+675) 424 1893 EXT: 893
  • Fax: (+675) 422 2812
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BSc (Journalism) Kansas University (USA) 
BA (English Literature) James Cook University (Aust) 
MA (English Literature) Macquarie University (Aust) 
PhD (Higher Ed Management) Victoria University (Aust)


Current Role: Director of Academic Quality Assurance (DQA) and Chair of Academic Quality Assurance Committee (AQAC)  

Division: Office of the President

Learning & Teaching Engagement
Lecturer responsible for units:
MB615 Organizational Culture
LD602 Strategic Planning for Development
PG107 Papua New Guinea Literature
Research & Scholarship Engagement
Journal article: “Quest for university legitimacy: A Papua New Guinea Case Study” 2012
Team leader of a PhD candidate’s supervisory team
Mentor to Masters students’ research projects
Publisher a Blog on Higher Education Issues in PNG http://blogs.dwu.ac.pg/lsalonda
Administration and Community Engagement 
A member of panel of experts auditing PNG Universities
Alternate member to NHEQAA Committee Chair of Academic Quality Assurance Committee 
A member of the DWU’s Affiliations and Amalgamations Monitoring Committee  Leads DWU into an External Institutional Audit   
Member of DWU Leadership and Management Board

QA Framework

DWU uses a continuous quality improvement cycle. A revised Quality Assurance and Enhancement Framework is under development. 

Scheduled reviews

List of previous, current and proposed reviews

Review Year commenced
and completed or year scheduled
Follow up actions
External institutional audit (Madang Campus 2011 2013 follow-up audit
Reviews of all DWU programs 2012-2013 Through five-yearly program reviews
Review of Faculty of Education programs 2014  
Review of Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences programs 2015-2016  
Review of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences programs 2016  
External quality assurance review Likely for 2017 (DHERST)  
Review of Faculty of Business and Informatics programs 2018