DWU hosts more conferences

Divine Word University (DWU) campus in Madang continues to host significant national and regional gatherings in recent years.

The latest is the inaugural Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Summit held at DWU’s SVD Memorial Auditorium from Monday 1st July, 2013 to Wednesday 3rd July, 2013.

The SME Summit is the brainchild of the Minister for Trade Commerce and Industry, Honourable Mr Richard Maru and has been supported by the PNG government. It brought together over 400 Papua New Guinean business people to discuss issues facing the SMEs and propose ways they can be addressed.

The summit at DWU followed on from the historic Indigenous Business Forum that Mr Maru spearheaded and facilitated as the managing director of the state-owned National Development Bank in in Kokopo in 2011.

Other major national and regional meetings DWU has hosted in recent years include the Climate Change Conference in 2010, PNG-Australia Business Council Forum (2009 and 2011), Pacific Health Ministers meeting (2008), Good Governance Seminar (2008), PNG Medical Society Symposium (2009), National Youth Debate (2010) and Catholic Education Conference (2011).

The SVD Memorial Auditorium with a sitting capacity of over 500 is among several of the venues that have the latest information and communication technology for public presentations.

These facilities and the general presentation of the university have appealed to various organisations including educational institutions as venue for their conferences, exams and entry tests, graduation ceremonies and gospel music concerts.

The Chairman of the Indigenous Business Council, Sir Nagora Bogan formerly acknowledged and thanked DWU for providing the venue in his speech on the final day of the summit in the presence of the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Mr Peter O’Neill. Mr O’Neill was there to receive the summit’s 21 recommendations and officially close the meeting.

One of the 21 recommendations directly relevant to DWU is the call for the government to deliberately support skills training and education to provide the manpower for the growth of the SMEs.

In his speech, the Prime Minister also acknowledged the contributions of DWU towards government policy and reforms, in particular the work of University President, Fr Jan Czuba as chairman of the education review task force recently.