Wednesday, 22 April 2020 20:18

DWU prepares for class resumption

                                                               Staff of the Faculty of Medcine and Health Sciences in a workshop on "Flipped Learning" with

                                                               Associate Professor Iwona Kolodziejczyk PhD, director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching recently. 


Divine Word University is preparing to resume classes on Monday 27 April.

This follows an announcement by the Prime Minister James Marape this week to lift restrictions on academic activities and allow higher education institutions to resume classes on the date.

The suspension of classes in all educational institutions were among measures the Government of Papua New Guinea took on 23 March after the detection of the country's first positive coronavirus case.

The two weeks lookdown was followed by the Parliament voting for and declaring a national State of Emergency for two months that also decided that classes remained suspended until the decision to lift the restrictions this week.

The Government expects higher education institutions to resume classes as long as they put in place safety measures to mitigate any occurrence and spread of the coronavirus on their respective campuses.

DWU was tentatively informed of the government decision and is awaiting formal written correspondence from the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST) with details of the government decision.

Deputy President of DWU, Professor Father Philip Gibbs informed the DWU community that the management is awaiting specific instructions from DHERST about the resumptions of classes.

Professor Gibbs said: “So, it seems we can resume next Monday (27 April).

"There will be some conditions."

"I will share that when we receive them.”

DWU, on its part, had planned to resume classes last Tuesday 14 April after putting in place necessary safety protocols to mitigate COVID 19. The University had been awaiting direction from the Controller of the State of Emergency Mr David Manning to resume classes throughout last week.

Professor Gibbs noted then how staff and students and the University management felt they were ready for classes starting last week. He said the decision was reached after assessing the coronavirus response measures put in place on campus, the capacity to conduct classes in ways that include online content, and consultation with authorities.

The University has beefed up staffing and resources at its Alessandro Clinic in the main Madang campus and put in place contingency plans to mitigate any occurrence of COVID 19 on campus.

Professor Gibbs said: “New health workers have joined us so now we are fortunate to be able to offer 24 on-call service at our clinic.

He told DWU community: “You will notice that we are setting up part of the St John Paul II hall for people to come first where a decision can be made as to whether they are attended to at the Clinic or elsewhere.
The hotline numbers are Digicel 75722527. and Bmobile. 78394610”.

A notable feature of DWU’s preparedness to resume classes is the training of teaching staff to use various information communication technologies-based non-contact academic program delivery modes.

DWU’s Centre of Learning and Teaching headed by Associate Professor Iwona Kolodziejczyk PhD has been in the for front of preparing teaching staff to use more ICT non-contact academic program delivery modes.

The academics have variously engaged with their students online using the Moodle learning management systems and other online platforms during the initial 14-day nationwide lockdown and the subsequent State of Emergency. Ends/

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DWU expects to resume classes

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Deputy President of Divine Word University, Professor Fr Philip Gibbs SVD


Divine Word University is awaiting direction from the Controller of the State of Emergency, Mr David Manning to resume classes this week as planned.

Deputy President of DWU, Professor Father Philip Gibbs SVD noted how staff and students and the University management felt they were ready for classes starting this week.

He said the decision to resume classes was reached after assessing the coronavirus response measures put in place on campus, the capacity to conduct classes in ways that include online content, and consultation with authorities including Minister for Higher Education Mr Nick Kuman. 

Professor Gibbs said DWU President Professor Cecilia Nembou is seeking advice from the SOE controller on whether the University should resume classes this week.

The Government tentatively announced 27 April as the date they would advise whether classes in all educational institutions would start, however waiting that long to begin would mean that some programs would have to continue through Christmas into New Year in order to complete the necessary learning activities.

Professor Gibbs told staff that while awaiting the response from the SOE controller, they can proceed to contact their classes “by email or Moodle or other means and by assigning some constructive activities.” “The SOE has certainly provided a boost for our technological readiness,” Professor Gibbs noted.

Professor Gibbs said the University had taken significant measures to safeguard its campuses against any occurrence of coronavirus since the first two-weeks of nationwide lock-down announced by the Government. The lock-down followed the first confirmed case of COVID 19 detected in Morobe Province on 13 March.

The measures put in place in the Madang campus include strict control movement of people at the main-gate, campus-wide awareness, regular meetings among various committees and management, ban on betel nut, smoking and alcohol, procurement of personnel protective equipment and use of infra-red thermometers to check the temperature of people entering the campus.

Professor Gibbs said he has also participated in the regular meetings and briefings of the response team led by the Madang Provincial Health Authority.

The University’s Centre for Teaching and Learning has also been busy conducting trainings for staff to facilitate various online and blended modes of teaching and learning during the lock-down and SOE periods.

Professor Gibbs has also advised the physiotherapy department to conduct recreation and fitness activities so staff and students can boost their fitness during the SOE.

Meanwhile, Professor Gibbs said students who wish to leave and travel to other Provinces should formally withdraw from studies and not return until next year. He said those wishing to leave the campus and travel inter-province for genuine reasons will have to return and go through a period of 14 days quarantine and isolation on their return. He said this is for the good health and safety of everyone on campus.

Saturday, 28 March 2020 10:39

DWU takes measures against Coronavirus

Divine Word University in Papua New Guinea is making use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and other innovative steps to keep its students and staff and their dependents secure from the coronavirus pandemic.

The university has heeded the call by the Government of Papua New Guinea and health authorities and has taken measures to ensure public health and hygiene are being maintained at its campuses at all times.

Deputy President of DWU, Professor Fr Philip Gibbs said: “Here at DWU we are continuing to respond to government directives and the recommendations from our own committees.

“Committees within our Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences have been meeting regularly since 13th March.”

“They contribute to a Steering Committee chaired by myself.”

Prof Gibbs said: “Our DWU plan has 5 levels of threat ranging from Green, through Yellow, Orange 1, Orange 2 and Red.

“Currently with only one positive case having been identified in PNG we officially fit in the Yellow zone, however following the announcement by the government of a 14 day state of emergency after the first breach of security we raised the level at DWU to Orange 1.”

That has resulted in the university suspending all face-to-face lectures and academic engagements and using online means such as the Moodle learning platform to ensure students continue their education.

Prof Gibbs said that students who have come for flexible learning courses continue with their classes. “However, for the foreseeable future courses in Flexible learning will be limited to those that can be run entirely online or through distance learning methods,”

He said many of the University workers coming from outside the campus have been asked to remain at home for the two week period, though some such as cooks are either housed on campus or come onto campus through university transport.

“Anyone coming from outside the campus is required to observe strict hygiene practices.

“For example, any non-residential students coming to use the library or Moodle have to present their ID, sign in, and use hand sanitizer provided at the gate.

“Everyone on campus is asked to observe personal hygiene such as hand-washing, and social distancing.

“An awareness group led by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences has set up information boards and is conducting awareness on both the main campus and Modilon campus and residences at Coronation Drive, DCA and Binnen.”

Prof Gibbs added: “We need to be aware that no cases of the Coronavirus have been found in Madang and we are not in the red zone of alert.

“We try to avoid panic and to critically assess information through social media. There is no actual emergency on campus, but students and staff are strongly advised to remain on campus during the government announced state of emergency for the nation. Entry is by ID only and there is a buai (betelnut) ban on campus with K100 spot fine for anyone found chewing or spitting.”

He said hotline telephone numbers have been set up and posted on the internal Intranet broadcast for students and staff to contact in case of any future emergencies.  

The photos below are from the COVID 19 awareness in the different locations of DWU in Madang.

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Monday, 20 January 2020 06:09

Staff begin duty

                                                                         Human Resources Management officer Helen Tuka (left) taking new tutors Shirlbyna Ramtonic and Debbie Ogano on a tour of

                                                                         the campus today (Monday 20 January). Photo: DWU Marketing                                                       


Divine Word University staff in the main campus in Madang began duty for the 2020 Academic Year in earnest today (Monday 20 January 2020).
The campus came to live with staff going about getting themselves organized, filling in forms, taking ID cards and setting themselves up in their respective offices for another hectic academic year.
New staff also joined in to begin their sojourn as staff of DWU.
The rest of this week is marked for staff preparation in their faculties, departments and division.
Next week (starting Monday 27 January) is set aside for the year’s preview presentations by the President, Deputy President, Vice Presidents, Deans and Directors sharing with the staff what the plans are for each of their sections of responsibility.
Students will begin registration and participate in orientation programs on the week starting Monday 3rd February.
The academic year will be launched on Friday 7th February at the St John Paul II Hall. Archbishop of Madang Archdiocese, His Grace Anton Bal will be the main celebrant in the Eucharistic Celebration (Mass) and will deliver the keynote address after the Mass.

Sunday, 19 January 2020 07:44

2020 beckons as an exciting year

                                                                       The pioneer MBBS students of DWU demonstrating the functions of the medical mannequins to the Australian High Commissioner

                                                                       Mr Bruce Davis during his visit to the Madang campus in November last year. Photo courtesy of DWU Marketing.


This year, 2020, beckons as an exciting academic year for Divine Word University (DWU) across its campuses.
It is the 24th year of DWU’s existence after the former Divine Word Institute (DWI) transitioned into a university in 1996 following a decision by the Government of Papua New Guinea under the leadership of Prime Minister Sir Julius Chan.
The University is approaching the year under the theme “It is in giving that we receive”, which is a noble reminder of reciprocity of service taken from St Francis of Assisi.
The theme is particularly appropriate in the second “Year of Laity” declared by the Catholic Bishops Conference of PNG and Solomon Islands.
President of DWU Professor Cecilia Nembou in her welcome message in the 2020 DWU calendar reminds all stakeholders to support the growth of the university that was founded by Catholic missionaries for the benefit of all.
“In 2020, and on the eve of DWU’s quarter century of University life, we wish to pursue our vision to be recognized nationally and internationally by our 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,” says the President.
“We endeavour to serve society through quality of research, learning and teaching, and community engagement in a Christian environment, and to provide authentic model for national unity by continuous dialogue and nurturing relationships with all levels of community, business, government and PNG cultures in the life and work of the University,” says Prof Nembou.
The President goes on to say that “We (DWU) commit to harness the power of information and communication technology for knowledge creation, knowledge sharing and for sustainable development practices of care for people and the environment.
“We promote research and higher degrees in studies while being mindful of the issues of ethics, quality, relevance, access, equal opportunity, peace and social justice.
“As a dynamic and rapidly growing University we commit to set high standards of excellence in learning and teaching, and research for all students and staff to be role models of moral and ethical behavior in public, private and professional life based on Christian values.
“To this end, I would like to renew our invitation to our partners and benefactors, Government of Papua New Guinea, donors, alumni, and parents to embrace our aspirations and sustain your trust in us as together we create a successful future for DWU to serve the common good, for it is in giving that we receive,” said Prof Nembou.
Notable among the highlights of 2020 would be the pioneer Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) students doing their fifth (5th) and final year of study in the main campus in Madang.

This means the MBBS program will for the first since its inception in 2016 will have the full program of five lots of students, from first year to the fifth or final year of study.
By the end of this year, the pioneer final MBBS students would be ready to go for the compulsory two-year medical residency in hospitals around the country.
The pioneer class of MBBS students started in 2016 under the academic leadership of Professor Brother Jerzy Kuzma SVD as foundation head of Department of Medicine within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Amidst many challenges the students and the department came through and they would be looking forward to finishing the year on a high.
The MBBS program was introduced to assist in addressing the critical shortage of doctors and other medical professionals in PNG, particularly in rural areas where majority of PNG’s population of 8 million live.
In terms of infrastructure in the Madang campus, seven new houses for senior staff plus a double-floor dormitory each for female and male students are set be opened in the earlier part of the year.
Across in Wewak at St Benedict’s campus, the pioneer Diploma in General Nursing students who started last year, would be heading into their second year of study.
The nursing program in the Wewak campus adds to the existing one at the St Mary’s School of Nursing in Vunapope, which is part of the Rabaul campus of DWU.
DWU is also doing notably well in rolling out the Bachelors’ degree program in primary teaching in its Wewak and OLSH Kabaleo (Rabaul) campuses and this is set to continue in 2020 to better equip the next generation of primary teachers for PNG.
Port Moresby campus, again would be reaching out to as many working professionals in the National Capital District to take up programs offered there in the flexible mode, notably in the areas of finance and management.
The new Tabubil campus is under the tutelage of the Port Moresby campus and there is promise for more flexible learning opportunities for people in and around the mining townships of Tabubil and Kiunga.
In residential campuses such as Madang and Wewak, the university is investing considerably in the improvement in security arrangements to ensure safety of students and staff.
The 2020 Academic Year officially starts on 20 January with lecturers and other administration staff returning to work.
Registration and orientation programs for students start on Monday 3rd February and the Academic Year for the Madang campus will be formally launched on Friday 7th February.

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