Students praised on Open Day

Divine Word University staged another informative and fun-filled Open Day at the Madang Campus on Sunday 3rd May, 2015.

The faculties and departments did a splendid job in the set-up of displays and information booths which came alive as they engaged with the public who turned up in numbers.

The partners of the faculties and departments from the public and private sectors added depth and practical dimension to the displays and information sessions.

The competition between the faculties to outperform each other was as intense that the chair of the judges panel and DWU Assistant Academic Vice President Dr Miriam Dlugosz admitted they had a tough time deciding on the winners.

In the end it was the Faculty of Business and Informatics (FBI) who took out the top award for the best faculty display for 2015 dethroning the title holders of last year in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) who finished fourth this year.

The FBI bagged K10,000 and the winning trophy. The runner-up prize of K8000 went to the Faculty of Education followed by Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences who collected K5000 in third place and FHS finished fourth and won K3000.

The guest of honour, the Ambassador of France to Papua New Guinea, His Excellency Pascal Maubert was so impressed with the efforts of everyone involved and he spoke highly of the work of the DWU community later in the evening at the award presentation.

He told the students that their individual choices to study at DWU and what they take out from the University were not only for the benefit of their communities but to impact on the entire universe in their individual ways.

Ambassador Maubert said the students have the responsibility to shape the future of the universe and the knowledge and skills put into staging a great Open Day demonstrated the potential in them.

DWU President, Fr Jan Czuba who accompanied Ambassador Maubert on a tour of the display booths earlier in the day likewise said the Open Day is demonstrative of what DWU students were taking out from their education at the University.

Fr Czuba said at the presentation that the creative thinking behind another successful Open Day demonstrated that “there is a hope for PNG, as quality of education and the partnership with right stakeholders can carve incremental steps in the right direction."

"Even more so, these small steps are paving a way forward for research, policy, and practice working in tandem and dialogue with one another to create lasting, positive and meaningful change in our society,” said Fr Czuba.

The European Union Soccer competition awards were also presented. Modilon Campus (Paramed) won the title in the males division and the female division winners  pprize went Madang Technical College. Ambassador Maubert presented the prizes. The EU Cup started in 2006 through the support of the EU office which was then based at the DWU.