Open Day a success

Divine Word University staged another successful open day on Sunday 5th of May, 2013. Partners of the university and members of the public came from far near for the annual event held at the Madang campus.

Special guest and deputy governor of the Bank of Papua New Guinea, Mr Benny Popoitai was full of praises for DWU saying the university’s work supports the PNG Government’s Vision 2050.


Guest of the Faculty of Arts and chief executive officer of PNG Sustainable Development Program (PNGSDP), Mr David Sode, also applauded the work of DWU. Mr Sode was particularly critical of the general standard of education in the country and urged DWU to continue to push for quality.

The Open Day saw various organisations from the government and private sectors including non-government organisations partnering with the faculties and their departments to put up information stalls and displays and interacted with the public.

Government entities such as the Ombudsman Commission and Customs PNG also participated and shared information about the important work they do for the country.

Commercial banks ANZ and Bank South Pacific were popular among the visitors so were private superannuation fund, Nasfund and its products and the government-owned National Development Bank with promotion of its micro credit schemes for the ordinary people.

The travel and hospitality sectors made their presence felt through their partnership with the Tourism and Hospitality Department.

The mining sector also had a presence through Mineral Resource Development Company (MRDC), Xstrata Minerals and MCC Ramu NiCo (PNG) Ltd.

DWU’s Flexible Learning Centre who coordinates programs through the flexible mode for the academic faculties also had information booths and displays.

The Post-Graduate and Research Centre participated for the first time, owing to its fairly recent creation by the University. DWU’s Centre for Health Research also took part with some of the students enrolled in the medical laboratory assistant program.

The University’s consulting arm, Diwai Pacific Ltd also promoted its work on the day.

The DWU Community Information Centre which is responsible for the university’s public communication and media engagement also had a stall selling books its DWU Press publishes. The DWU Press publications generated interest and some members of the public bought the books while others left their contact details for future orders.

The Open Day is a calendar event for the University that enables faculties and departments to showcase what they do in their academic programs and how it links with the wider society.

DWU President, Fr Jan Czuba congratulated staff and students for putting together yet another successful Open Day.

“On behalf of the Council and Administration, I would like to congratulate you all for well organized and implemented Open Day which clearly demonstrates the collegiality spirit of DWU Community, our commitment to Total Quality Assurance and our passion to reach international standards at our University,” Fr Czuba said in a message posted on the DWU’s in-house intranet.

“The Open Day reconfirmed that DWU is developing its academic standards and we are not afraid to open doors to the public and that we are willing to share our experiences and knowledge with outside Community,” the President said.

“This year we will advance in online studies as well as enhance our competencies and skills in research and together with our partners we will review our academic programs to ensure they are comparable to international standards.”

“Our strength is that we are united, guided by one vision and the same core values and that we are indeed passionate about what we do at this University.”

Dear Staff and Students, thank you again for your commitment for quality education and for representing DWU so well and making Open Day a successful event,” Fr Czuba said.

The day ended with presentation of awards and the Faculty of Arts was the winner of the faculty displays and won K5000. The runner up was the Faculty of Business and Informatics who won K3000, third place went to the Faculty of Education with K2000 and Faculty of Health Sciences finished fourth and picked up K1000.