The Divine Word University (DWU) community is always pleased to see its graduates return to the university during its calendar events and on other occasions.
DWU is also grateful to the many graduates who have joined the staff ranks in the academic and administration divisions, at different times.
Many members of the DWU alumni participated during two recent calendar events in the main campus in Madang.
The events were the 2018 World Press Freedom Day commemoration on Friday 4th May and the 2018 Open Day on Sunday 6th May.
Two high profile journalists and alumni members Mr Neville Choi and Mr Scott Waide were at the Madang campus and participated in the World Press Freedom Day celebration. The celebration was led by students from their former department, Communication Arts (Journalism), which is now part of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. (See separate news reports on this site).
Mr Choi and Mr Waide work for PNG’s pioneer national television network, EMTV. They completed their communication arts (journalism) studies in the mid-1990s and have carved niche careers in the media.
Mr Choi is the Director for News and Current Affairs for EMTV and was recently appointed the President of the Media Council of Papua New Guinea, the peak body of the media industry. He previously worked for the Church-owned Word Publishing Group as a reporter and editor for many years before moving to EMTV six years ago.
Mr Waide is the Lae Bureau Chief of News and Current Affairs and has been with the pioneer national TV station for many years.
In their respective speeches, Mr Choi and Mr Waide spoke well of the university and reminisced about their times as students in the campus over 20 years ago going hunting for news stories as aspiring journalists.
They gave useful insights and tips about the media industry and the journalism profession to the young students in the Communication Arts (Journalism) program and their compatriots in other departments in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
On Open Day two days later, a healthy contingent of alumni members was on hand representing the organisations the graduates work in. These organisations included businesses, government agencies and non-government organisations (NGOs). They took part as partners of the various academic departments and faculties.
Mr Eddie Tanago was among the alumni who participated on Open Day. Mr Tanago works for good governance advocacy group, Act Now PNG.
Mr Tanago and his team were hard at work talking to students, staff and visitors about the various work they do in terms of advocacy for good governance in PNG. Their signature campaign is the protection of indigenous ownership of land and its resources.
High profile DWU alumni and Member of Parliament (MP) for Madang Honbourable Mr Bryan Kramer was another former student who was at the Open Day.
It was the second DWU calendar event that Mr Kramer attended after his election in the 2017 National Election.
The first event Mr Kramer attended was the annual Cultural Day on August 2017, which was few weeks after his election into office in the National Parliament. (See separate report on this site here: http://www.dwu.ac.pg/en/index.php/news/dwu-news/992-alumni-and-mp-warns-of-poor-role-modeling ). Report from KEVIN PAMBA.