Call for more researchers

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MORE than 800 students graduated with diplomas, bachelor degrees, master degrees and PHD at Divine Word University’s 36th graduation ceremony, Sunday this week in Madang Papua New Guinea.

Three Solomon Islanders are among those that graduated. Rosemary Maoma who graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism and Hospitality, she also received an Award for Academic Excellence, Michael Agi, graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy and Brenda Sevala Wawah graduated with a Master in Research Methodology.

One of the graduates, Brenda Sevala Wawah urged the government to give more opportunities to Solomon Islanders to take up studies in research methodology.

“We have a lot of policies implemented in the country but conducting proper research to see if they are effective is another thing.

“More researchers are needed in Solomon Islands so that help inform us that planning needs to be done before any policy implementation takes place in any organization.”

Mrs Wawah, who is married to a Papua New Guinean also acknowledged her husband and her children for their tireless encouragement and support towards her studies.

She said it is not easy being a mother and student at the same time, it involves a lot of sacrifice to achieve her goal.

Brenda Wawah with Michael Agi
Rose Mary Maoma

Three other graduates from Solomon Islands, who graduate in absentia, are Elliot Dawea who graduated with a Degree in Communication Arts, John Bakapu and Rodrick Velokavele both graduated with a Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality.

SISA members pose with graduates

BY GINA MAKA’A

DWU JOURNALISM STUDENT

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