DWU staff undertake teacher training

Over 30 Divine Word University (DWU) staff members are enrolled in a higher education teaching and learning course in the Madang campus.


They had a week of lectures during the study break for fulltime students from 4th April to 8th April, 2016.

The staff members come from both the academic and administration divisions. They all hold tertiary qualifications but not in teaching.

They are taking the year-long Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning (PGCHETL) course which is offered by the University’s Faculty of Education. It provides ongoing training for staff under the DWU staff development program.

The certificate program is aimed at equipping staff with the skills and knowledge to teach and manage learning at the higher education level.

The program is being facilitated by the DWU Deputy President and Vice President Academic Professor Pamela Norman and Dean of the Education Faculty Associate Professor Joseph Lingawa Kekeya.

After the first week of lectures participants were given assignment tasks to do before the next lecture week in August. Upon successful completion of the program, the staff members are expected to graduate with their certificates during the 35th DWU graduation in March 2017.

In addition to the PGCHETL course, some DWU staff members are enrolled in programs at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the university mostly through the flexible and part-time modes.

Several more are studying in postgraduate programs in overseas universities mainly through scholarships from host country governments.