Australian High Commission
Papua New Guinea

Divine Word University opens new student and staff facilities

More than 1600 students of Divine Word University’s Madang campus are set to benefit from the construction of two fully-furnished undergraduate student dormitories, one for males and one for females, each consisting of 36 rooms and 72 beds.

The new K7million infrastructure was officially opened today (Saturday 14 March).

In addition to student dormitories, seven fully-furnished, five-bedroom staff houses, housing senior faculty members and their families, have been constructed.

These facilities will enable the recruitment of specialised lecturers to provide quality education and increase the number of teaching staff.

DWU staff unit.

In an excellent demonstration of local business participation, the majority of the furniture for the dormitories and staff houses was built by the university’s own construction business - Diwai Enterprises.

Diwai Enterprises’ workforce is comprised of a majority of highly skilled women, employed in areas of carpentry and construction.

The new infrastructure was funded by the Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership through the Incentive Fund.

DWU student dormitory.

Australian High Commissioner, Bruce Davis, at the opening of the new buildings, said: ‘We’re proud to contribute to this important new education infrastructure.

Australia’s partnership with Madang Divine Word University recognises its contribution to quality education in PNG, producing high calibre graduates who are equipped to become emerging leaders of PNG’.

Divine Word University has demonstrated its successful record in achieving gender equality, in education and employment access.

The university’s current enrolment ratio is 55 per cent women, and more than half of the university’s staff are women.

Modern, safe and gender-inclusive facilities for female students and staff contribute to DWU’s commitment to providing education and employment opportunities.

This third Incentive Fund grant to Divine Word University brings the total funding in support of the institution to more than K28 million since 2002.

It is just one example of the PNG-Australia Partnership’s commitment to improving education access and outcomes for the students of PNG, supported by the delivery of high quality infrastructure.

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