Masters program attracts Solomon Islands public servant

A senior prominent employee of the Solomon Islands Parliament Mr Liam Sau is anticipating his studying in a masters program at Divine Word University in PNG will help him engage more in quality research of laws and bills in his country.

Mr Sau has recently enrolled in DWU’s two-year Master of Leadership in Development through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences’ Flexible Learning program, located at the Madang Campus of the University.

He sees that the study at DWU will assist him significantly in his line of work.

As editor of Hansard in Parliament Mr Sau intends to use the skills acquired from the program to enhance his work. The first two units Mr Sau undertook are Professional Ethics and Advanced Research Methods, which he found very relevant and appropriate to the kind of work he does.

“Some of the information and findings are quite important and sensitive thus in deciding when to disseminate such information, to whom and when, requires knowledge in professional ethics to decide and make professional judgments,” Mr Sau said.

Mr Sau is able to study part-time through the flexible learning mode while at the same time perform his role, which demands specialized skills and staff trained over the years, who are responsible for capturing and transcribing parliament sessions.

Vice President for Research and Postgraduate Studies at DWU, Associate Professor Maretta Kula-Semos says that Postgraduate Studies such as the masters program that Mr Sau is enrolled in are aligned with Third (3rd) Decade Strategic Plan (2016-2026) of DWU.

Dr Kula-Semos says the third decade strategic plan of DWU focuses on the University aiming to reach international standards through the promotion of research and postgraduate studies. The university looks to advancing its research activities in collaboration with international partners through maximizing on the available ICT tools. She says the faculties with the support of the Postgraduate and Research Centre are now expanding their postgraduate programs and have seen a steady increase in masters students graduating between 2011 and 2015. In 2011, DWU underwent an External Academic Audit.

Dr Kula-Semos says DWU is now offering full-time masters programs this year to also give international students the opportunity to study full time at the Madang campus.

Mr Sau is one of two international students to enroll for the first time in a Masters program at DWU. The other student is Zainab Olabisi Tairu from Nigeria who recently enrolled in the Master of Research Methodologies program and is studying full-time the Madang campus.