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SUVA, Fiji Islands (February 3, 2000 -PINA Nius Online)---Papua New Guinea's news media have long been strong supporters of the country's Divine Word University journalism program. Now add the Papua New Guinea Government to the list.

Because of this, Divine Word now looks like it is developing the region's biggest university journalism program. This follows the government's decision to increase from 20 to 40 the number of national scholarships available for students to begin journalism studies there.

The head of the university's Communication Arts Department, Joe Weber, said Divine Word now expects to have about 75 journalism students when classes for 2000 begin.

Weber said Divine Word has hired the former business editor of The National newspaper, Kevin Pamba, to join its journalism faculty as it prepares for the influx of students. It also has two experienced sub-editors joining as lecturers, Weber said during a recent visit to Suva.

Divine Word already has the biggest journalism faculty in the Pacific Islands. Weber -- an experienced British newspaper reporter and sub-editor -- heads a teaching team of veteran newspaper and radio journalists, a design specialist and shorthand teachers.

Divine Word University offers a two-year diploma in journalism and a four-year degree in journalism. Its campus is in the town of Madang, on Papua New Guinea's north coast. 

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