National University of Samoa

National University of Samoa opens new disability ramp

Afioga Aiono Professor Ekeroma expressed his deep sense of gratitude for the New Zealand High Commission’s collaboration work with NUS on this much-needed initiative within the University.

The University said it endorses quality to be accessible to everyone, and after a brief consultation with University staff and students in 2021, there was an urgent request for an installation of a disability ramp for ease of access to lecture theatres D101 and D201, due to frequent use by students and staff.

Traditional inking highlights importance of language week at National University of Samoa

The Samoan language week kicked off with traditional performances by the Nursing Faculty and the Science Faculty.

National University of Samoa's Centre of Samoan Studies Senior Lecturer, Ta'iao Matiu Tautunu in an interview said the Samoan language week plays a very significant role in the lives as well as the studies of each students from several faculties.

“The purpose of the Samoan language week is to revive our culture and traditions and to connect these                 

16 Samoan students receive Chinese language courses certificate

Deputy Head of Mission to Samoa, Cheung Jun congratulated the students.

“People-to-people and cultural exchanges have been part and parcel of our bilateral relations. In recent years, the two sides have made fresh progress in many areas including Chinese language learning,” he said.

Cheung said due to collaboration with the N.U.S. the Confucius Institute opened in 2018, and has since produced about 600 “ambassadors” who promote China-Samoa friendship.

National University of Samoa promotes five distinguished professionals

The academics have excelled in teaching, service and research at the National University of Samoa in the last academic year have been promoted effective from 1 July 2021.

“It is with a great sense of pride that we recognise academics who are talented and passionate in their chosen fields, who bring prestige to the work of the University,” said the Vice Chancellor, Aiono Professor Ekeroma.

NUS Environmental Students engage youth in Carbon audit

The group started their audit in February this year on the university compound at Le Papaigalagala.

Lanulauava Student Association President, Grace Ah Young said it was important to carry out the audit and also involve youth. 

 “We are using an energy audit made easy for Pacific students created by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, given to us by our main partner, Samoa Conservation Society.”

Letuimanu’asina Emma Kruse Vaai appointed National University of Samoa's new Pro Vice Chancellor

The appointment effective from 4 February 2021 is for 3 years.

She is taking over from former Pro Chancellor A’eau Chris Hazelman who has chaired the NUS Council for 6 years.

A statement said Letuimanu’asina holds a PhD from the University of NSW, Sydney Australia and other qualifications from Victoria University of Wellington which includes an Honorary Phd in Literature.

She has worked at NUS as a lecturer, Professor of English and Applied Linguistics and as Deputy Vice Chancellor from 2005-2016.

National University of Samoa anticipates more students to enroll in 2021 academic year

“Students should think of a job they want to do as a guide rather than thinking of a degree,” advises the Vice Chancellor.

“If they can’t get in because of course requirements, then consider another or a bridging course,” says Dr Ekeroma.

He added “We aim to be customer-focused by designing an enrolment process that minimises long delays, maximises comfort and clarity of programme requirements for parents and students.”

Hundreds of students flocked the campus during the second day of enrolment week today to enroll for the 2021 academic year.

National University of Samoa Vice Chancellor bestowed Aiono title

Dr Ekeroma was one of 15 members of his father’s side of the family who were bestowed with the Aiono title in 2009.

However, challenges followed in the Lands and Titles Court that have now finally been resolved.

“I was in New Zealand and was not aware of what it meant,” Dr Ekeroma said.

When he arrived back in the country back in January 2010, he was told that all 15 bestowals were unregistered, which included his cousin and head of the National Emergency Operations Centre, Ulu Bismarck Crawley.

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.