On behalf of the Faculty of Business & Informatics, I would like to welcome all staff and students (both new and continuing). I hope that you all enjoyed your holidays with your family and friends.
We welcome the year 2020 with renewed strength and commitment in all our academic pursuits and thank God for bringing us to the Divine Word University, which we all consider as an integral part of our lives as educators (Dr Romulo Lindio).
As we begin the new academic year and with the theme in mind “It is in giving that we receive” (St Francis of Asisi), let us remind ourselves that at DWU and FBI, “it is in our organisational culture to give of ourselves ... in service for the common good of society. By our commitment to serve, we experience a sense of fulfilment that comes from the spirituality of work” (Prof Cecilia Nembou, DWU President).
This year will be the fourth year of the implementation of the DWU Third Decade Strategic Master Plan (2016 – 2026), which has seven strategic objectives. While we acknowledge our achievements in 2019, we also acknowledge our areas of improvements. We capitalise on our strengths and take advantage of all the opportunities, deal with our weaknesses and address any challenges so that we can serve the University and the Faculty for the common good of our students and staff.
Our Faculty operational plan is designed to contribute towards the implementation of the DWU Third Strategic Master Plan and achievement of the seven strategic objectives. It is designed to also achieve the vision and mission of the Faculty, which are linked to the vision and mission of the University. Achieving all these will require a collective and collaborative effort from all the staff and students within the Faculty.
Some of the planned activities include the provision of pastoral care, counselling, academic and career advice sessions, increased use of IT tools in teaching and learning, program development and reviews to maintain international standards, staff development and research capacity building, improved working relationships with other organisations, effective management of student and graduate feedback for continuous improvement and optimal use of university assets.
It is important to note that all our activities will be guided by the eight core values of the University. So let us have faith in ourselves and work together for it is giving that we receive, and doing so find fulfilment and satisfaction in our personal lives and professional careers.
Let me conclude with the prayer of St Francis of Asisi:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
“In a world where more and more people seek to get more than they seek to give, be one of those people who offer their love and support to those who need and ask for it. Look for opportunities to give to those in need. To put a smile on someone’s face. Give and life will give back to you tenfold. Be one of those people who give with an open heart without expecting anything in return” Luminita D. Saviuc.
Dr. Martin Daniel (PhD)
Dean, Faculty of Business and Informatics