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By Matrom John Journalism Student at Divine Word University

MADANG, Papua New Guinea (PINA Nius, 18 April 2000) - Australian High Commissioner Nick Warner launched Divine Word University's new website on the Internet ( yesterday during his first visit to Madang.

Mr. Warner told Divine Word University students that Australia had done a lot in Madang including helping Correction Institute Services (CIS), the airport and health services as well as the university.

Mr. Warner said: "Divine Word University is a good place for Australia to spend its money. Clearly it has a group of students who are keen and want to learn."

University President Father Jan Czuba said in his welcoming address: "Your interest in us is much appreciated and we hope we can take it as a recognition by you of the contribution this university is making to the development of Papua New Guinea through the quality of its graduates."

He acknowledged AusAID's help to implement the National Health Plan, which was crucial to improving the health of Papua New Guinea's people.

Head of the Papua New Guinea Studies department, Father Douglas Young, said Madang had a long-term reciprocal relationship with Australia.

He said Divine Word University offered well educated and talented graduates to the nation in return for all the assistance it received.

Several new university publications were among gifts Father Young presented to Mr. Warner.

Mr. Warner's two-day stay in Madang also included visits to Beon Prison's new minimum-security unit, Madang Technical College and the Maritime College.

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