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DBTI Upgrading Its Programs

By Fabian Hakalits – EM TV News, Port Moresby

The Don Bosco Technological Institute in Port Moresby will upgrade seven of its programs to Bachelor’s degrees.

Strategic Partnership and Quality Assurance head, Dr. Catherine Nongkas, says the shift ensures that all programs meet the demand of today’s workforce.

Dr. Nongkas says the creation of these bachelor’s programs is to prepare the technological institute for the shift as a stand-alone higher learning institution; one that has been amalgamated with Divine Word University.

These seven new programs will be offered for four years each.

Next week, the programs will be presented to the Higher News Department for approval.

The new programs are primarily technology based: Information, Electrical, Electronics and Communication, Instrumentation, Automotive, Maintenance, Fitting and Machinery with Metal, and Fabrication and Welding.

“So we decided it was better to create it and align it with the current programs, which are diploma programs in the technologies. But as we start to develop them with the staff, we realised that the staffs are actually really creative,” Dr. Nongkas said.

The institution will also offer these bachelor’s programs through a flexible learning mode, which will allow former students and others to study while working.

Dr. Nongkas says quality and standards are an integral part in the development of these seven new programs, which will enable students to be competent with the set of values in the market.

“We are actually lifting the quality of these programs and match them with what we have now,” she said.

The focus now is to develop these programs that will make Don Bosco, an institute of higher education.

“We want to work towards that because of the time factor and to register it as an institute of higher education. Together with the registration we want all these program accredited this year so that we run them starting next year.”

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