National University of Samoa (NUS) and the Australia- Pacific Technical College (APTC) Renew Partnership Agreement to Enhance TVET in Samoa.

Apia, Samoa – Wednesday 18th April, 2024

The National University of Samoa (NUS) and the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) gathered in a partnership renewal signing ceremony at the NUS Visions Restaurant on campus last Friday 12th April, 2024. The Honourable Seuula loane Tuaau, the Minister of Education and Culture, deliver a keynote address, emphasizing the importance of education and training in driving the growth and development of Samoa.

The partnership renewal between NUS and APTC signifies a continued commitment to providing high-quality, relevant education and training to Samoan TVET graduates. The collaboration between the two institutions aims to enhance learning outcomes and employability for students while also working towards building a strong and inclusive technical and vocational education (TVET) sector in Samoa.

As stated by Hon. Seuula loane Tuaau, “Education and training remain a priority for the Government of Samoa, and partnerships such as the one between NUS and APTC, which are crucial in equipping our citizens with the skills needed to contribute to the nation’s growth.” The Australian Government’s support for this partnership through APTC is acknowledged as a key factor in strengthening and improving efficiency in Samoa’s TVET sector.

In her speech, Professor Tuifuisa’a Patila Amosa, Vice-Chancellor of the National University of Samoa expressed her excitement at the signing of the new partnership agreement, describing it as a strategic alliance that will lead to mutual benefits for both institutions and our stakeholders. She also extended her gratitude to all those involved in making the partnership renewal possible.

Nicki Baird, Executive Director of APTC, also highlighted the longstanding partnership between NUS and APTC, emphasizing the impactful programs and initiatives that have enriched the learning experiences of Samoan students. Through collaborative efforts, both institutions have worked together on curriculum development, program reviews, and industry engagement to ensure that TVET programs remain relevant and responsive to industry needs.

The mutual agreement between NUS and APTC is set to drive positive change in technical and vocational education in Samoa and contribute to the nation’s economic prosperity. The signing ceremony also marks a significant step forward in strengthening skills development and promoting inclusive TVET access and training in the region.

Group Photo from Left to Right: SQA CEO – Afioga Tupa’i Peter Peilua, Nicki Baird, Executive Director of APTC, Professor Tuifuisa’a Patila Amosa, NUS Vice-Chancellor & President, Ms. Claire McGeechan, Acting Australia High Commissioner to Samoa, Honourable Minister of Education – Afioga Seuula Ioane Tuaau, Rev. Malotau Lafolafoga, Afioga Lagaaia Easter Manila Silipa, APTC Country Director.

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