Inset - A loader working on the foundations of the new supermarket at the Madang Campus of Divine Word University. The existing, smaller, DiwaiMart can be seen behind the loader. Image courtesy DWU.

Inset – A loader working on the foundations of the new supermarket at the Madang Campus of Divine Word University. The existing, smaller, DiwaiMart can be seen behind the loader. Image courtesy DWU.

DIVINE Word University and the University of Technology Papua New Guinea will share resources and facilities for higher level research under a new memorandum of understanding.

PNG Today reported the leading tertiary institutions would combine their supervision of postgraduate students and carry out joint research projects and training through quality use of information and communications technology infrastructure.

DWU President Jan Czuba said he felt the opportunity would see an increase in enrolments at both universities – Unitech in Lae and DWU in Madang.

The news came as Fr Czuba announced plans to upgrade student accommodation and build new lecture facilities this year.

Speaking at the opening of the DWU academic year, Fr Czuba said the university always aimed to improve the physical infrastructure and services offered by the University.

“We are committed to reviewing the quality of our physical infrastructure and this year, we will redevelop student dormitories and construct new lecture facilities to cater directly for the needs of the 21st-century student,” he said.

“This investment will provide you with a well-equipped, contemporary academic environment in which the university community can study, learn, research, network and relax,” the President told the students.

Currently, a new double-storey academic office for the faculties is nearing completion while a new eight-bed health clinic for the University was completed recently and will also be opened soon.

Construction is also starting on a bigger supermarket that will replace the existing DiwaiMart mini supermarket, which boasts a bakery, cooked food bar and two automated teller machines (ATM) for BSP and ANZ banks.

The DiwaiMart has been popular with staff and students and with after-hours shoppers especially between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm when most of the supermarkets in town are closed for the day.

“The supermarket is one of DWU’s strategies to enhance its services to staff and students and it is also an investment to generate income to sustain its operations as well as generate additional income to subsidise students’ fees,” Fr Czuba said.

The new supermarket will be built opposite the existing DiwaiMart at the former location of the carpentry and joinery workshop that has been pulled down and moved to the new multi-trade workshop at the southern end of the campus.

Today, DWU has a growing investment portfolio that comprises consultancy and research, management, tailored-made flexible learning programs, hospitality, travel agency, motor vehicle service and facilities and equipment hire among others.

DWU’s investments are in line with global trends where universities are expected to generate revenue in order to sustain themselves, the university said.