New dorm an answer to prayer for Pacific Adventist University

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The new men's dorms (left) at PAU.

Students and staff at Papua New Guinea’s Pacific Adventist University (PAU) have dedicated a new men’s dormitory, just in time for the beginning of the 2019 school year.

The three-storey dormitory, which will hold more than 70 students, has been in the works since September 2014, and is a reflection of PAU’s commitment to provide efficient and sustainable housing for students. As part of the housing project, a female dormitory was completed in early 2017.

“Providing and keeping good dorms is crucial, not only for students’ wellbeing and comfort, but for an even greater reason,” said PAU vice-chancellor Dr Raul Lozano. “Students’ character formation happens not exclusively in the classrooms but wherever students engage in significant interactions, and the dorms are one of those key interacting places. Lifestyle habits like devotion, cleanliness, promptness, and others are stimulated in the dorms.”

Dr Lozano cuts the ribbon to officially open the dorms.

The building of both the male and female dormitories was funded completely by the PNG Government through the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science & Technology (DHERST), something which PAU administration sees as an answer to prayer.

“Everything came from God through DHERST,” said Dr Lozano.

The new male dormitory was officially dedicated on February 24, and is just the beginning of new improvements for the university.

“Students are amazed when they see our campus and enter their accommodation,” said Dr Lozano.