Public servants to feature in DWU graduation

Public servants will feature prominently as graduating students in the 32nd Graduation ceremony of Divine Word University in Madang on Sunday 9th March, 2014.

The public servants will graduate in programs tailored for them and in other programs as well.

It would be the first time for DWU to have a notable number of public servants graduating from its programs.

DWU President, Fr Jan Czuba said the graduation of members of the civil service demonstrates several milestones for the university’s development.

Another highlight of the day would be the graduation of DWU’s 5th doctor of philosophy (PhD) student, Joseph Kim Suwamaru. Mr Suwamaru will also be the first student to graduate with a PhD from DWU’s Faculty of Business and Informatics.

Mr Suwamaru is a communication engineer by profession who has worked in the former Post & Telecommunication Commission (PTC) and later PNG Telecommunication Authority (Pangtel) and its successor the National Information and Communication Technology Authority (NICTA). He did his PhD research on the impact of mobile phones on socio-economic development in PNG. Mr Suwamaru’s PhD thesis is titled ‘How do mobile phones impact on socio-economic development in PNG’?

Some of the public servants will graduate in the inaugural Master of Public Administration (MPAdmin) and Bachelor of Management (Customs) programs among others.

Two senior executives from the Investment Promotion Authority (IPA), namely Ms Amelia Na’aru, who is the Registrar of the Intellectual Property Office of PNG and Mr Alex Tongayu, the Registrar of Companies will be among six senior public servants that will graduate with their MPAdmin degrees.

The MPAdmin program was introduced in 2011 at the request of the Department of Personnel Management (DPM) to upskill public servants under the Public Sector Workforce Development Program (PSWDP).

The Commissioner of Customs, Mr Ray Paul will graduate with a Bachelor of Management (Customs) done through the DWU’s Port Moresby campus.

Mr Paul will graduate with his colleagues from the customs industry in the bachelor of management program devised by DWU in collaboration with the PNG Customs Services.

Other new programs that will have their pioneer students graduating are the Master of Leadership in Development, Bachelor of Public Administration and National Advance Diploma in Government.

Asenior citizen and coffee industry icon, Mr Ricky Mitio, 65, will graduate with the Master of Business Administration (MBA) which is offered at the Port Moresby campus. The graduation of persons like Mr Mitio is owing to the success of DWU’s flexible learning programs that gives opportunity for education to many adult and working class people.

Mr Mitio, the former long-serving managing director of the State-owned Coffee Industry Corporation brought to his MBA classes a wealth of experience in managing the coffee industry for many years.

In recognition of the graduation of a large number of public servants, the university has invited the Minister for Public Service, Sir Dr Puka Temu to be the guest of honour and keynote speaker. Sir Puka will be accompanied by the Secretary for the Department of Personnel Management, Mr John Kali.

The newly appointed Minister for Higher Education, Research Science and Technology, Honourable Delilah Gore, will be visiting the University and witness this important occasion as well. The Polish Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Pawel Milewski will also attend the graduation ceremony and be a guest speaker.

In total, 1487 students will graduate from the university for the academic year 2013, and at the Madang campus 737 will graduate on Sunday and they include 79 students who will attain post-graduate degrees. 

Fr Czuba expressed his gratitude and pride on behalf of the DWU management for the achievements of the students and the contributions they would make to national and regional development.

“The University is delighted to graduate so many of its students thus make direct contribution to the social, cultural and economical growth of Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Region,” Fr Czuba said.