DWU invests in supermarket

Divine Word University (DWU) is building a new supermarket at its main campus in Madang as part of its ongoing improvement in services for staff and students and investment to generate revenue.

The university is currently preparing the foundation for the construction of the supermarket to start soon.

The supermarket will replace the smaller Diwai Mart. The present shop also has a bakery, cooked food bar and two automated teller machines (ATM) for BSP and ANZ banks, which are open to both the university community and the public.

The Diwai Mart has been popular with staff and students and with after-hours shoppers especially between 5 pm and 7pm when most of the supermarkets in town are closed for the day.

In preparation for the new supermarket, DWU recently widened the ‘back road’ that leads to the main Modilon Road near Lutheran Day Primary School and Modilon General Hospital for easy access by off-campus shoppers.

DWU President, Fr Jan Czuba said: “The supermarket is one of DWU’s strategies to enhance its services to staff and students and it is also an investment to generate income to sustain its operations as well as generate additional income to subsidize students’ fees.”  

The new supermarket will be built opposite the existing Diwai Mart at the former location of the carpentry and joinery workshop that has been pulled down and moved to the new multi-trade workshop at the southern end of the campus.

Today DWU has a growing investment portfolio that comprises consultancy and research, management, tailored-made flexible learning programs, hospitality, travel agency, motor vehicle service and facilities and equipment hire among others.

DWU’s investments are in line with global trends where universities are expected to generate revenue in order to sustain themselves.