NUS Council 2024

The National University of Samoa Council

The National University of Samoa Council referred hereafter as the Council is the governing body and Board of the University, as stipulated in the National University of Samoa Act 2006.

Composition of the Council

The Council consists of :

  • the Pro Chancellor who is the Chairperson; 
  • the Vice-Chancellor & President;
  • a member of the Senate;
  • a member of the academic or teaching staff nominated by the Vice-Chancellor;
  • a student of the University who is not a member of the University staff;
  • the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture or nominee;
  • up to six persons who are not full time members of the staff or full time students of the University, appointed by the Head of State, acting on the advice of the Minister after consultations with the Executive Committee or Council; and
  • up to four persons co – opted by the Council at its discretion.

The current Council has twelve (12) local members and four (4) international members.

Mandate

The NUS Council is the governing body of the National University of Samoa. The sixteen members are a mixture of elected staff, a student rep, graduates and outside appointees.

  • 7 Head of State appointments
  • 2 Ex-officio members
  • 4 co-opted members
  • 3 representative appointments

The NUS Act 2006, section 13 establishes the Council, like all boards of public bodies in Samoa, as the governing body of the University. Under the Act, Council has the full legal power and authority to manage and control the affairs of the University. Sections 16, 17 and 18 under functions, duties and powers clearly demonstrate that Council deals

Council Members 2023

Head of State Appointee (2021 to date)

Professor of English & Applied Linguistics

Head of State Appointee (2018 to date)

Partner, Ponifasio Lawyers

 

Head of State Appointee (2023)

Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Education, Sports & Culture

Head of State Appointee (2020 to date)

Managing Director, Oceania SMART

Head of State Appointee (2020 to date)

Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Labour

Head of State Appointee (2020 to date)

Vice Chancellor, Deakin University

Victoria, Australia

Co-opted Member (2020 to date)

Deputy Chief Executive, Pasifika and Student Journey

Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT), NZ

Co-opted Member (2020 to date)

Deputy Vice Chancellor,

Division of External Engagement

University of Otago, NZ

Co-opted Member (2020 to date)

Professor of Development Studies
Victoria University of Wellington, NZ

Co-opted Member (2020 to date)

Managing Director

Walter Engineering Consultancy & Services

Vice Chancellor & President, NUS

Professor of Environmental Science

Senior Lecturer, Teacher Education Department

Faculty of Arts

Vice Chancellor’s Nominee

Governance Officer

Office of the Vice Chancellor & President

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