Governance of Divine Word University refers to the internal structure, organization and processes by which the university is formally organized and managed as a public university but privately administered.
The University internal governance is composed of the University Council, University Council Committees, the President, the Vice Presidents and Director for Quality Assurance. The university Cabinet, Academic Board, Faculty Boards, Leadership and Management Board, and Student Representative Council comprise the administrative team.
DWU is a national university, open to all, serving society through its quality of research, teaching, learning and community engagement in a Christian environment.
DWU is a public, government-supported ecumenical and coeducational university that is privately administered. Its primary purpose is to serve national goals. With support, partnership and collaboration from both public and private organizations, DWU commits itself to offer special training programs in response to current and emerging needs of Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific. DWU’s services are offered with a high level of ethics and respect of individual rights.
DWU ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE
The DIVINE WORD UNIVERSITY (DWU) is a non-profit national educational institution. It is governed by a Council of not more than 13 members, who are vested with the corporate powers of the DWU In-corporation. The Council appoints the President as the Chief Executive Officer of the University.
The overall governing body of DWU is the Council. The membership of the Council as established by the Divine Word University Act 1999 is:
- a Chairperson appointed by the Head of the SVD in PNG;
- the President of the University;
- the Head of the PNG Province of the SVD;
- four other members appointed by the Provincial Council of the SVD; and
- not more than six other persons appointed by the DWU Council.
Adviser status on the Council is extended to:
- the Vice Presidents
- the University Bursar and Price WaterHouse Coopers
- the Vice President, Student Affairs
The Council meets at least three times a year. The functions of the Council are: (Extract from section 7 of the DWU Act 1999)
- to promote and ensure attainment of the objectives of the University; and
- to determine University mission and monitor the performance of the University in terms of its mission; and
- to formulate university policies and planning guidelines for University management; and
- to appoint University officers and academic, administrative and other staff of the University; and
- to have the charge of the management and administration of the revenue, property and personnel of the University, and the conduct of all matters relating to the University not otherwise provided for in or under the By-law made in accordance with this Act; and
- to approve the Annual Report, Annual Accounts, Audit Report thereon and the budget of the University for the next financial year; and
- to exercise such other powers and perform such other duties as may be conferred on it by this Act; and
- generally, to take such action in a manner as appears to it best calculated to promote higher education in Papua New Guinea and in particular the interest and purpose of the University.