New postgraduate accommodation

Divine Word University (DWU) has just added another double-storey accommodation complex for students at its Coronation Drive campus along the picturesque Astrolabe Bay seafront in Madang.

The yet-to-be commissioned cottage will provide accommodation for postgraduate students at the Masters and Doctorate levels.

The new cottage adds to various facilities the University makes available for its growing post-graduate programs. Doctoral students on campus currently enjoy the use of the purpose-built Mosley Moramoro Research Lab within the Postgraduate and Research Centre on the main campus. The lab is kitted with computers that are hooked up to the Internet and the vast online databases that DWU subscribes to.

The Coronation Drive campus currently provides accommodation for working class students studying through the flexible mode at the Flexible Learning Centre (FLC) of the University.

The FLC students use the Coronation Drive accommodation when they are on campus for the residential sessions either for one week or two weeks each semester depending on the structure of their programs of study.

The new building has 12 rooms – six on the first floor and the six on the ground floor.

The first floor would provide twin share accommodation for Masters students while the ground floor would have one self-contained room per doctoral student.

The two floors of the building also have a classroom each for group work, class meetings and study.

The Coronation Drive campus already has four double-storey accommodation complexes for the FLC students.

The DWU has also renovated couple of the existing cottages. Another welcome investment at Coronation Drive campus is the recent installation of a stand-by power generator due to the ongoing outages of power supply from PNG Power Ltd. Although the campus has solar power units, these are only for lighting and not for other use and the installation of the stand by generator is a welcome news for the students and staff there.

Power supply outages are common in Madang and the rest of Papua New Guinea, and DWU has invested significantly on standby generators for its campuses. The main campus in at Nabasa Road in Madang is served by three standby generators while its Modilon Road campus, also in Madang, has one.