Cecilia Nembou

         Professor Cecilia Nembou

           President and Vice Chancellor

           Divine Word University         

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Port Moresby Campus:

Tel 1: (+675) 325 5668  
Tel 2:
(+675) 7091 5741

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Port Moresby: Block B, First Floor, Port Moresby Campus.

Madang Campus:

Tel: (+675) 4221233   Ext: 816

Central Administration Building, Room 17, Madang Campus

Research interest:
   • Mathematical Modelling
   • Systems Thinking
   • Management Systems Operations Analytics

Research Profile:

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Dr Cecilia Nembou is the President of Divine University and Professor of Higher Education Leadership and Management. She is based in Port Moresby and supervises the leadership and management functions of the DWU Port Moresby campus as well as the rest of DWU across 5 campuses. She is a mathematician by training and holds a PhD in Operations Research from the University of New South Wales (1992). She has held various academic and senior management positions at the University of PNG, PNG Banking Corporation, University of Wollongong in Dubai and Divine Word University over a period spanning 40 years.

She has attended various professional and personal development short courses including leadership and management in higher education, corporate governance, strategic planning and management, quality assurance, customer service management, and marketing management.

Dr Nembou has served on various committees and Councils of Universities as well as on Boards of State Statutory organizations (now known as State Owned Enterprises), and Boards of commercial and non-government organizations. As President of the Divine Word University she is a member of the Divine Word University Council and CEO of the University Multi-campus corporate system.

She is a former Head of Mathematics Department, Executive Dean of the School of Natural and Physical Sciences, Pro Vice Chancellor Planning and Development and Acting Vice Chancellor at UPNG; Academic Registrar and Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Wollongong in Dubai and Deputy President of the Divine Word University. She commenced her new role as DWU President on 20 January 2016.

Research Projects:

1. Nembou, C.S. (2014). The Role of ICT in Open Distance and Flexible Learning, Paper presented at the Science and Technology Conference, 17 – 21 November, University of Papua New Guinea.
2. Nembou, C.S. (2013). The Challenges of Big Data, Paper presented at the First International Conference on Pure and Applied Mathematics, 27 Nov 2013, PNG University of Technology, Lae, PNG.
3. Nembou, C.S., (2013). Amalgamation and affiliation in higher education in Papua New Guinea: The Divine Word University Experience, Contemporary PNG Studies: DWU Research Journal, Vol. 18, May 2013, 70 – 81.
4. Lowe, D. et al (2009). Review of HIV Training Programs in Papua New Guinea, Final Report of the Training Review Team, Review authorised by the National AIDS Council and sponsored by AusAID through JTAI.
5. Dec, W. and Nembou, C.S., (2008). DBTI Model for Technical Teacher Education in Papua New and the Pacific Region, in Najike, S. (editor), Future Directives for Science and Technology in Papua New Guinea, University of Goroka, 241 – 251.


Madang Campus

PO Box 483,
Madang 511
Papua New Guinea

[email protected]

Tel: (+675) 424 1800
       (+675) 422 2937
       (+675) 7111 0002

Port Moresby Campus

DWU POM Campus
PO Box 582
Konedobu, NCD 131

[email protected]

Tel: (+675) 325 5668
       (+675) 7091 5741


Wewak Campus

St. Benedict’s campus,
PO Box 542
Kaindi, Wewak, ESP 531

[email protected]

Tel: (+675) 456 2327
       (+675) 456 3243

Fax: (+675) 456 2331


Rabaul Campus

c/- OLSH Kabaleo
P.O. Box 138
Kokopo, ENB 613

[email protected]

Tel: (+675) 982 8213
Fax: (+675) 982 8339


Tabubil Campus

c/- DWU POM Campus
PO Box 582
Konedobu, NCD 131


Tel: (+675) 325 5668
       (+675) 7091 5741

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