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 on 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.
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 PNG-Australia Partnership through the Incentive Fund.
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’.
Feature Pic: DWU student dormitory