Future Infrastructure Projects
Divine Word University is a multi-campus national university and a leading tertiary institution in Papua New Guinea. The University’s main campus in Madang has evolved over the last 26 years
to become an intrinsically beautiful place for teaching, learning, and research in an eco-friendly environment. Other DWU campuses located in Port Moresby, Wewak, Kokopo and Tabubil have also progressed somewhat as well. Such expansion and growth within the teaching, learning and research environment of the University with the development of new academic programs, departments and research centres, has led to the University experiencing infrastructure pressures within its administrative and academic operations on all its campuses around the country.
A comprehensive Campus Infrastructure Plan has been commissioned to support the University’s vision and to establish a framework for decision making, strategic planning and development to accomplish the objectives set out in the various University plans, including the DWU Third Decade Strategic Plan (2016 – 2026), the Learning and Teaching Plan, the DWU Research Plan and the Faculty Operational Plans. The plan is charged with creating a vision for the future that supports the expressed mission of the University and encourages the rigorous pursuit of intellectual curiosity, academic excellence, personal and professional development.
The plan will reinforce Divine Word University’s unique multi-campus environment while building upon its already established tradition of campus planning and building design. It will consider the realities of each campus’s physical constraints and address each of the campus’s overall physical form aesthetically, structurally, and functionally. Campus infrastructure needs, environmental sustainability, and economic development are integral to the framework and will be configured to support the strategic academic and administrative priorities of the University.
Investments in new facilities and infrastructure will include strategies and innovation regarding accessibility, e-learning, facility sustainability and development. The planning and design of new and re-developed facilities will include a systematic process of functional planning, budgeting, conceptual design, elemental costing, detailed design, project management, and commissioning. This process will ensure no surprises and the construction of facilities that are efficient and effective to operate and maintain. Facilities will be purpose built yet flexible to facilitate ongoing changes in curriculum, research and technologies.
The Campus Infrastructure Plan will be a living document that will be used as the basis of design for the current and future development of DWU. It will be a framework that is flexible and responsive to the evolving needs of the University and will also provide a basis for potential donor funded support. It is an essential part of conveying an inspiring long-term vision for the future of Divine Word University committed to developing itself into a world-class tertiary education sector in order to fulfill the Government requirements of access in supplying a skilled workforce that is required for the country’s development.