Uni students can address climate change, says US envoy

Outgoing final year students of Divine Word University (DWU) were called on to be agents of positive change against challenges posed by climate change.

The United States Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, His Excellency Walter North made the call during the 7th annual Missioning Ceremony at the Madang campus on Friday 23rd October, 2015.

Ambassador North said climate change is a serious issue affecting Papua New Guinea and the world and young people such as those graduating from DWU have an important role to play to address those challenges.

He said the education received from DWU places the outgoing students in good stead to address challenges such as climate change facing humanity.

Mr North congratulated the students for their efforts in going through the studies and thanked the parents for supporting their children throughout their academic sojourn.

He also commended DWU President Fr Jan Czuba for providing the leadership that has enabled the University to continue to make a difference in the country and the region.

Spokesman of parents Francis Kari from the PNG Defence Force said the outgoing students have an important role to play in the development of the country and the world.

He challenged the students to grow with wisdom and make wise use of the knowledge they have acquired during their studies in DWU. Mr Kari thanked the University for looking after the students as parents and shaping them to become better global citizens.

Over 300 final year students took part in the ceremony which began with a Holy Eucharist led by Fr Garrett Roche. Nine pioneer fulltime Masters students also participated in the ceremony.

Among them is Nigerian Ms Zainab Taisu Olabi who had travelled all the way from her home country to study the Master of Research Methodology earlier this year.

Ms Olabi read the advertisement about the program on the DWU Website (www.dwu.ac.pg) and applied.

The Missioning Ceremony held at the Madang campus symbolises the end of studies for final year students and their transition to the next phase in life.

A Mission Cross is presented to each student as a sign of their commission to go out and make a meaningful contribution in the world.

The ceremony takes place on the Friday before the final exams begin the following week. Parents are invited to witness the ceremony.