National University of Samoa

APTC and NUS sign Partnership Arrangement to equip Samoans with skills for life

The signing signals APTC’s focus on partnerships, a key feature of APTC Phase 3, where both NUS and APTC strengthen their commitment to shared goals, particularly on TVET and skills development for Samoa.

As Australia’s flagship investment in training excellence in the Pacific, APTC has produced more than 1,600 Samoan graduates since it first opened its campus doors in 2007, 47% of whom are women.

Investigations at National University of Samoa ongoing

Cabinet last month suspended the university's Vice Chancellor and placed two of his deputies on special leave.

The suspensions followed complaints that some students graduated when they shouldn't have.

Several investigations are underway.

Meanwhile, the chief executive of Samoa's qualifications authority, Letuimanu'asina Emma Kruse Va'ai, said interim staff are providing cover for the university's leadership.

NUS School of Medicine recruits three new lecturers

The new lectures are Drs Aigaeiva Sesega, Belladonna Potoi, and Salote Va’ai.

The Vice Chancellor and President of N.U.S, Prof. Fui Leapai Ilaoa Lau Asofou So’o says it’s one thing to push for the School of Medicine to raise the bar, but to ensure that it meets the gender balance that N.U.S has been advocating for.

The V.C says having these three women teach a vital part of the Bachelors of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Programme (M.B.B.S) will only strengthen the core of the University’s goal to produce quality students.

Samoa's head of state, new university chancellor

He is the fourth Chancellor and third head of state to be conferred with the highest position since the establishment of the university in 1984.

The conferral ceremony was held on Wednesday.

Tuimaleali’ifano replaces A'eau Chris Hazelman who was the director of the Catholic schools in Samoa for many years.



Samoa University looks to add Savai'i campus

RNZI reports the university, which is based on Upolo, opened an office this week at Savai'i's Salelologa Market.

Vice chancellor Professor Fui Asofou So'o said the new office will provide services for students and stakeholders of the university in Savai'i.

He said enrollments for Savai'i students will also be made easier by the new office.


Photo file. Caption Main Fale at National University of Samoa in Apia   


Waikato University honors NUS Vice Chancellor

Professor Fui Le'apai Tu'ua 'Īlaoa Asofou So’o is Vice-Chancellor and President of the National University of Samoa.

He graduated from the University of Waikato in 1982 with a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts and returned to Waikato in the late 1980s to study for a Master of Arts, graduating in 1989. He completed his PhD at the Australian National University in 1996.

Professor So’o hails from the village of Savaia Lefaga.

From 2001 to 2008 he was Director of the Institute of Samoan Studies, which later became the Centre for Samoan Studies.

National University of Samoa hosts World Water and Forests Day

The event was organised by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), and saw both government and non-governmental organisations attending to celebrate the importance of our forests and water on Wednesday April 19.

SPREP set up an exhibition booth on the day, which attracted an array of people who were all keen to learn about the important work that is being done by SPREP to protect our environment within the Pacific region.

It also included people who worked in the environment sector, university students, and also budding young environmentalists.

Leading Publisher supports NUS Research, Teaching and Learning

SAGE representatives Ms Rosalia Da Garcia and Ms Alicia Solofa visited the NUS earlier this week. 

SAGE is one of the world’s leading publishers that provides a range of academic and professional resources and services. 

It publishes across a broad range of subject areas with a commitment to inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers and students.

Students’ sheltered benches launched


The raffle was drawn recently at the launch of twenty sheltered benches, also funded by the N.U.S.A.F, at the Taputoi Building Foyer.

Acting N.U.S.A.F. Chair, Cheri Moana Robinson Moors, also Acting Vice Chancellor thanked all the contributors who worked together to make the project a success.

“I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincerest gratitude and appreciation to our National University of Samoa for your efforts and contributing to making this happen,” she said.

APTC provides training resources to NUS

The total value of the resources, which include large and small equipment as well as consumable items for the repair and installation of refrigeration and air-conditioning appliances, is estimated to be around WST40, 000.

The handover took place earlier this week 2016, between APTC Samoa Country Manager, Ms Patricia Vella, and the NUS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Fui Le’apai Tu’ua Ilaoa Asofou So’o.