DWU Council Chairperson, Archbishop Dr Douglas Young SVD presenting the Excellence in Teaching Award
to Ms Nathaline Murki.
Staff of Divine Word University in Madang ended their annual Review Week on a high note with a President’s Dinner and presentation of awards last Friday evening (15 Nov 2019).
The President’s Dinner and awards night was made special by the attendance of the DWU Council who were on campus for their end-of-year Council Meeting during the day (last Friday).
DWU President Professor Cecilia Nembou PhD thanked all staff for their hard work throughout the year.
Prof Nembou said she was indebted to the staff for the kinds of work they do and did this year for the university. She wished the staff well in their Christmas holidays for a restful vacation.
Prof Nembou said: “Thank you once again for you cooperation, for your hard work and support as staff and for the council for their wisdom and advise to all of us.
“And want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
“Please come back safe, enjoy holidays, be nice to you family. Thank you all very much”.
DWU Council chairperson Archbishop Most Reverend Dr Douglas Young SVD also echoed the same sentiments as the President to the staff. He commended staff for carrying the university through the year despite some challenges.
Archbishop Young said: “So I echo the words of the President (Prof Cecilia Nembou) and I would like to thank and encourage all of you staff members of Divine Word University.
“From our (Council) point of view, it has been a good year, a great year.
“I know that you were at the coalface of lots of the problems and you know very well where the problems are and the weaknesses.
“But we (Council) slightly at the helicopter perspective; we see all those problems and weaknesses but we also see the great successes.
“And when we heard the reports from the vice presidents, there is a bit of a focus on the problem areas but there is an awareness of the successes as well,” Archbishop Young said.
Several staff received awards for excellence in teaching and research during the dinner.
Archbishop Young presented the awards.
Mr Waka Tosa from the Department of PNG Studies and International Relations and Ms Nathaline Murki from the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management received the “Teaching Excellence Award” after being rated highly by students in their teaching during the year.
Dr Elisabeth Schuele from the Department of Public Health Leadership and Training received the “Excellence in Research Award” for research work including publications and participation in conferences during the year. The Review Week allows the President, Vice Presidents, Deans and Directors to report about the performance of each of their divisions in the academic year.
Below are photos of the President's Dinner taken by Dr KEVIN PAMBA.