MGSM PROFESSOR & MBA STUDENT CONDUCT A GROUNDBREAKING COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA


Some 10 years ago, Professor John Croucher from MGSM was invited by the Vice-Chancellor of the Divine Word University (DWU) in Papua New Guinea (PNG) to establish up an MBA program that would turn out to be the best in the country. This university is the highest ranked in PNG. He conscripted lecturers from around the world to teach on a voluntary basis in the program and addressed their local Chamber of Commerce, as well as conducting surveys to uncover their specific requirements.


John then started the program that has since become very successful and he lectured in it himself for a few years, as well as being appointed to their University Council. For his efforts, the university awarded him an Honorary PhD in 2011 for his services to the people of PNG and to humanity in general. It was only the second time in their history they had done that.


In 2018 John joined forces with his fellow researcher and co-author, Ms Stephnie Hon, with whom he has published several research papers in international journals. She is a qualified CA, is fluent in six languages and a current MBA student at MGSM. Stephnie is also a senior researcher at Macquarie Business School where she and John have just finished co-authoring a textbook, written especially for students in PNG. It will be launched in PNG later this year and John and Stephnie have both been invited by DWU to attend the occasion.


Stephnie volunteered, pro-bono, to lecture in the