HERST Minister visits DWU

Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (HERST) Honourable Mr Malakai Tabar visited Divine Word University on Friday 8th May, 2015.

While at the Madang campus, the Minister visited the Friendship Library and the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Services Department.

Minister Tabar was taken through the DWU Electronic Enrollment system by the DWU ICT Services Director Chandana Silva and his colleague Mr Amdy Amben.

Mr. Tabar said he was interested in learning from the online system of DWU so that he would better understand how to implement the online Open and Distance Learning Degree to be launched by his Department.

Open Distance Learning Degree is an online degree course which the HERST Department is hoping to offer in the future. It will see universities in the country develop course programs online for enrollments at degree level for intending students who wish to be studying at their own pace and where they were.

Minister Tabar said given vast remoteness and rough terrain of PNG, it was important for the department to know and understand how this system will work before it can be implemented.

Mr. Silva said the electronic registration was the result of the paperless policy of the university.

He said that it was a good initiative the department was embarking on and urged those who would be involved in the facilitation of this service to take ownership of the program.

Mr. Silva said “data was vital for planning as it determined how far we have come, where we are now and how we will be going (into the future).”

He said that the proposed program could generate data that can be used for purposes such as census employment recruitment.

The HERST Ministry is now in the process of compiling information to develop the online degree courses. Minister Tabar stayed on the next day (Saturday 9th May) to witness the Prime Minister, Honourable Peter O’Neill opening several infrastructure projects at the University.