Meeting place opened to mark DWU Foundation Day

Divine Word University (DWU) celebrated its 16th Foundation Day on Friday 24th August, 2012 with the opening of a new Barbeque and Recreational Area for students and the University community.

The Foundation Day commemorates the declaration of the former Divine Word Institute (DWI) as a University by the then Prime Minister Sir Julius Chan in 1996.

The new Barbeque and Recreational Area called Kibung Peles is an initiative of the university’s Student Representative Council (SRC).  Kibung Peles means meeting place in Tok Pisin, PNG’s second national language.


Speaking on behalf of the SRC, Female Vice President Miss Stephanie Aisi said the facility will be used for social gatherings including barbeques and fundraising activities. Ms Aisi said the Kibung Peles will also function as an area for studies and meetings.

Ms Jane Christie, the Program Director of Education - Australia Agency for International Development (AusAID) opened the Kibung Peles and addressed the university later on at  the SVD Memorial Auditorium.

Ms Christie cut the ribbon, unveiled the signboard and lit the first fire on the barbeque to mark the opening of the facility.

As a fitting symbol of opening of the facility, the residential students had their lunch as a barbeque at the Kibung Peles on Friday 24 August.

Among other guests was visiting international academic, Dr Jeanette Baird who was accorded the honour to launch the Cultural Day on Friday evening. The Cultural Day took place on the next day, Saturday 25 August, 2012.

President of DWU, Fr Jan Czuba in his address on Foundation Day at the SVD Memorial Auditorium said: “DWU is not only making its contribution to the growth of the economy but it contributes in a positive way to the social, cultural, and political affairs of our country”.

He said that PNG is faced with big economic, social and political challenges, thus must value the contributions which the universities are making towards the development of the country.

Fr Czuba stated that DWU will continue to use all its efforts to provide quality education to serve the people of Papua New Guinea and the Pacific. Foundation Day normally falls on the 21st of August each year however the university celebrated it on the 24th with the opening of the Kibung Peles to coincide with the opening of the university’s annual Cultural Day, which was marked on Saturday 25th August.fd1fd2fd3fd5fd4fd6fd7fd8fd9