A warm welcome to the 2020 Academic Year.
This year’s theme is: “It is in giving that we receive” (St Francis of Asisi). It is in giving of our selves through our time and efforts that we fulfill the overarching university objective of being of service to society as a whole. This, we do well through the three university pillars of learning and teaching, research, and community engagement. All three core businesses require us to participate fully to assure quality at all times, within a Christian environment.
Whilst we rely on individuals, faculties and divisions to continue to pursue quality outcomes for their practices, the division of quality assurance is largely responsible for ensuring we are all on the same page and aiming to achieve the best outcomes in our practices, and within the legal frameworks that we are guided by. Our policies and regulations serve as guides so that we remain focused on our core business of providing quality higher education to all who come to us and seek our help.
Quality Assurance is everybody’s business and like all other higher education institutions, we will aim to ensure our internal quality mechanisms are in order and functioning, as would be expected. We are also mindful of the expectations of our external partners – the industry, churches, nongovernment organizations, community-based organizations, and especially, the Government of PNG through the Department of Higher Education, Research and Technology (DHERST). DHERST is the body responsible for assuring external quality assurance through conduct of audits and quality assessment undertakings.
In terms of governance, the Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) is responsible for relevant policy directives and monitoring and evaluating of academic programs. Its members include the chairpersons of Faculty Curriculum and Assessment Committees, the Director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching, and the Coordinator of the Flexible Learning Centre. Particular attention is given to addressing recommendations of the 2018 DHERST Quality Assessment Report on DWU, preparing the groundwork for the 2021 quality assessment review, reviewing program specification documents, and the centralized reporting on student evaluations of units studied each semester.
Professor Maretta Kula-Semos