National University of Samoa

Masters in Development Studies at The NUS receives International Accreditation

This means that MDS graduates will be recognised internationally.

The accreditation follows a review by a team from the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes.

The review team approved the quality of the programme, the dedication and academic qualifications of the staff in general, the high degree of satisfaction of the students and alumni and the distinctive student intake.

The team commented that unique location of the MDS is a ‘South’-based programme offers close access to the study of development issues and to research fieldwork.

National University of Samoa cancels graduation due to measles epidemic

The university’s Management and Council has also postponed the 2019 TVET Graduation ceremony to April 2020.

According to the university, a couple of students who contracted measles and came to the campus were immediately sent home.

All successful Foundation students will be informed in the next few weeks on how to collect their Foundation Certificates.

In addition, all Foundation students who have already paid their application fee to graduate will be given a full refund.

Successful TVET students will pay their application fee to graduate next year.

Cabinet appoints Vice Chancellor of the National University of Samoa

Aiono has a PhD from The University of Auckland and an MBA from Keele University in the United Kingdom to name a few.

The newly appointed VC will lead NUS and ensure that the University achieves its expected outcomes.

He is responsible to the University Council for the effective leadership, management and development of the academic and administrative affairs of the University.

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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.