Welcome to Rabaul Campus. The Rabaul Campus is one of the Divine Word University (DWU) Campuses spread across the country. The Rabaul Campus is located in Kokopo District of East New Britain Province. It was established in 2011 with the amalgamation of Our Lady of Sacred Heart Teachers College at Kabaleo (OLSH Kabaleo Teacher College) and St. Mary’s School of Nursing (SMSON) at Vunapope. The DWU Kabaleo Campus is located about 2 kilometers from Kokopo city while DWU SMSON, Vunapope Campus, is located within the Kokopo city precinct.
Rabaul Campus offers three streams of study at present –Bachelor of Education degree program, with the option to exit in year3 of the study with Diploma in Teaching Primary in the Faculty of Education at DWU OLSH Kabaleo Campus, and Bachelor of Midwifery, and Diploma in General Nursing in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Science is at SMSON,Vunapope Campus.
Rabaul Campus is a dynamic and growing Divine Word University Campus. Students come from all over Papua New Guinea to study at Rabaul Campus.
The DWU Rabaul Campus espouses the vision of Divine Word University “to be a national University, open to all, serving society through its quality of research, teaching, learning and community engagement in a Christian environment”. This vision is supplemented by the Strategic plan 2016-2026 vision “to be recognized nationally and internationally by its value-based innovative application of technology to enhance learning and teaching and to give the opportunities of higher education to as many learners as possible”.
DWU motto: Sic currite ut comprehendatis –“run to win” through honest efforts in search for excellence. Academic theme for 2022: “Run To Win Together”
Divine Word University-Rabaul Campus (DWURC) is located in East New Britain Province. The Rabaul campus hosts two campuses: Our Lady of Sacred Heart (Olsh) Kabaleo Campus, and St. Mary’s School of Nursing (SMSON), Vunapope Campus. Olsh Kabaleo campus is located 2KM away from Kokopo city, while SMSON is located within the Kokopo city precinct. The two catholic institutions, Olsh Kabaleo Teachers College and SMSON were integrated into Divine Word University on the 28th of July, 2011, respectively, under the memoranda of agreement between Divine Word University and the Catholic Arch-diocese of Rabaul.
Divine Word University Rabaul Campus is headed by a Vice President, who is the executive manager of the Campus. The overall responsibility of a Vice President is to oversee planning, organizing, leading and controlling the overall management of the Campus. The Vice President is assisted by two campus administrators, one for Olsh Kabaleo campus and the other for SMSON, Vunapope campus.
The Rabaul Campus hosts two Faculties, the Faculty of Education (FoE) and the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences (FM&HS). The Faculty of Education through its Department of Education at Olsh Kabaleo campus offers teachers’ education. The department consist of three divisions: Division of Mathematics & Sciences, Division of Humanities and Division of Education. The Teachers’ Education program offers a 4-year degree program but students can exit at the end of Year 3 with a Diploma in Teaching (Primary) while those completing year 4 study program graduate with a degree – Bachelor of Education (primary). The FM&HS through its Department of Nursing at Vunapope campus offers nursing education. The department consists of two divisions: division of Basic nursing sciences/studies and Division of Clinical Nursing Sciences/practices. The Department of Nursing at Vunapope Campus, currently offers only Diploma in General Nursing and at the end of Year 3 nursing studies, students graduate with Diploma in General Nursing. In addition, SMSON, Vunapope campus, also offers a 1-year midwifery program leading to a Bachelor of Nursing (Midwifery). The 1-year midwifery program is offered only to those who have completed Diploma in General Nursing (Post-diploma program) with some years in clinical nursing practice.
Rabaul Campus is an aspiring campus for those who wants to become professional teachers and professional Nursing Officers. It offers a state of the art teaching and learning facilities such as computer laboratories, internet services with Wi-Fi network built around the campuses, Moodle platform for enhancing teaching and learning and supportive library services with Liberty library management support software.
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Teachers College (OLSHTC) Kabaleo is situated near the township of Kokopo in East New Britain Province (ENBP). Kabaleo was established in 1966 as a female teachers' college by the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (OLSH). The initial purpose of this training college was to provide teachers for the under-staffed Catholic schools on the outstations of the Archdiocese of Rabaul. From 1966, OLSHTC Kabaleo continued to provide women with teacher education until 1994. In September 1994, Mt Tavurvur and Vulcan volcanoes erupted and this natural disaster destroyed the township of Rabaul and changed the entire province. The destruction caused a lot of schools and communities to migrate to better and safer locations. Two such institutions that migrated were: St Mary's Secondary School Vuvu and St Paul's Teachers' College Vunakanau. St Mary's Vuvu migrated to Vunakanau and the student teachers of St Paul's Teachers' College moved to OLSH Kabaleo and so in 1995 OLSHTC Kabaleo became a co-educational institution.