More graduate from DWU

Griwo KraembiDivine Word University (DWU) witnessed its largest number of students graduate during its 31st graduation ceremony on Sunday 3rd March 2013. Out of the 1741 (50.3 % female and 49.7% male) graduates, over 700 received their certificates from the ceremony at the Madang campus while the rest graduated from campuses amalgamated and affiliated to DWU towards the end of last year.

Among the graduates on the 3rd March, 2013 ceremony were three people who received the highest university awards of doctorates.


Emeritus Professor, Roger Juchau was bestowed a DWU honorary doctorate for his services to higher education notably in the field of accounting and management and Stephen Potek (Education) and Iwona Kolodziekjczyk (Arts) received their doctor of philosophy (PhD) degrees. Dr Potek from Manus Province and Dr Kolodziekjczyk from Poland follow the foot-steps of DWU’s  pioneer PhD graduates, Dr Bernadette Aihi and Dr Paul Pasingan who received their doctoral degrees in the 2011 graduation ceremony.

The graduation ceremony also gave the Hagahai people of the remote highlands of Madang Province, the last known Papua New Guinea tribe to come into contact with modernization in the early 1980s, their first university graduate.

This was when Benjamin Ngangan, a rural health worker, graduated with a Diploma in Health Services Management.

Other milestones for DWU included the graduation of it pioneer graduates from the Master of Professional Accounting and Bachelor of Mathematics and Computing Science programs.

In keeping with DWU’s “open to all” inclusive philosophy of education, three students living with disabilities Emmanuel Arua, Junior Kiluwa and Griwo Kraembi graduated with degrees in different programs.

Mr Arua and Mr Kiluwa studied under the full time under-graduate programs and graduated with a Bachelor of Information Systems and Bachelor of Rural Health (formerly Health Extension) degrees respectively.

Mr Kraembi on the other hand is a small businessman in Tabubil, Western Province who studied through the part-time flexible learning mode and attained his Bachelor of Management degree from the Faculty of Flexible Learning (now Flexible Learning Centre).