Title: The Graduate Diploma in Total Quality Management as a means to a formalized nationwide CEE in Papua New Guinea

Authors: Nirwan ldrus

Addresses: Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Papua New Guinea University of Technology, Lae, Papua New Guinea

Abstract: It has been accepted generally that engineers need continuing education in order to keep themselves up-to-date with the rapid advancement in many areas of engineering, science and technology. In developing countries like Papua New Guinea, emphasis is also placed on continuing education in the management of engineering activities, including manufacturing and maintenance. In many cases the rises to management positions are very rapid for Papua New Guinean engineers, while the undergraduate engineering degrees have not adequately prepared them for such an eventuality. The Graduate Diploma in Total Quality Management planned for introduction in 1992 is expected to address this shortcoming. This paper discusses the rationale and industry response to such an introduction.

Keywords: graduate diploma; total quality management; TQM; Papua New Guinea; engineering degrees; distance education; postgraduate diploma; continuing education; continuing engineering education; engineering management; manufacturing; maintenance; higher education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.1991.030371

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 1991 Vol.1 No.4, pp.377 - 390

Published online: 15 Dec 2009 *

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