Divine Word University

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Divine Word University
Motto Sic currite ut comprehendatis ("Run to win")
Type Private
Established 1980 [1]
President Prof. Cecilia Nembou
Vice-president Prof. Pamela Norman (Academic), Mr Ben Naing (Administration)
Students 3,000
Location Madang, Madang, Papua New Guinea
Campus (various)
Website www.dwu.ac.pg

Divine Word University is a national Catholic university in Papua New Guinea. It is one of the newest tertiary institutions in the country. It was established as a university by an Act of Parliament in 1996. The university is ecumenical and coeducational, and is under the leadership of the Divine Word Missionaries.

Its first educational institution was Divine Word Secondary High School. In 1980, this became Divine Word Institute, established by an Act of Parliament.

It is based in Madang on the north coast of Papua New Guinea. On-site accommodation is available in DWU as well as day attendance for local students.

Divine Word University has five faculties. These are Arts, Business and Informatics, Education, Health Sciences, and Theology. In 2012 the former Faculty of Flexible Learning was changed into the Flexible Learning Centre and each of its constituent departments migrated to one of the other faculties for administrative purposes. The University offers undergraduate degrees as well as Masters programs in most faculties, and the PhD. Masters and PhD programs can be done on a full-time basis or off campus in distance mode by occasional attendance and work completion.

The university is amalgamating and affiliating with a number of institutions to provide a broader base of education. In April 2002, the College of Allied Health Sciences (Madang) amalgamated and St Benedict's Teachers College in Wewak, East Sepik Province joined in August, 2003. These institutions are now campuses of DWU. In 2013 the university joined in operating Tabubil Hospital in Tabubil, Western Province.


  • The Catholic Higher Education Association (PNG)
  • The Asia-Pacific Conference of SVD-administered Universities


  1. ^ About DWU Archived July 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.

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