PAPUA New Guinea is no longer living in isolation and must strive to keep up with the challenges as part of the global community and achieving this can be possible when there is an improvement in sector-wide leadership in the community, a need often called for by prominent leaders today.
Creating an avenue to mould and shape professional and mature Papua New Guineans for this challenge was what drove the Divine Word University (DWU) open campus in Port Moresby, to introduce the masters in business administration (MBA) programme in collaboration with the Macquarie graduate school of management in Sydney, Australia.
The programme director, Dr Victor van Reijswood, said new innovations must be used to apply education in the country and this was what DWU was putting into this professional training.
He added that a lot of big business houses and professional organisations in PNG had been consulted giving their ideas of the type of relevant training that Papua New Guineans needed, to meet local and global demands in this age.
“We want to ensure professionals undergoing this programme gain knowledge that is applicable to the needs here and also the programme intends to reshape their character in order that they become real internationally recognised MBA holders.”
With the slogan “Earn a world class MBA while you Work” DWU open campus in Port Moresby would, at the end of next year, graduate its first batch of 26 MBA students.
The programme was taught in a weekend ‘block’ teaching mode to applicants who worked full time in managerial positions.
Applications for next year are now open till Nov 8.