Official Handover of SKSI Equipment by UNDP
A small ceremony to officially handover IT equipment and software for the SKSI (Samoa Knowledge Society Initiative) project by the UNDP to the National University of Samoa on behalf of the Government of Samoa was held at the AOA conference room NUS campus.
This was acknowledged with huge appreciation by the Vice-Chancellor and NUS President Professor Aiono Dr Alec Ekeroma during his acceptance speech.
Mrs Christina Mualia-Lima, UNDP Resident Representative Assistant stated in her remarks that this initiative is a crucial one in contributing towards Samoa’s vision of placing Samoa as a knowledge hub in the Pacific, and in fulfilment of Key outcome 11 of the Strategy for the Development of Samoa. It seeks to establish an enabling environment for all people of Samoa to enjoy the fundamental human right of access to information.
The hardware, software and connectivity is valued about USD190,000 and installation of this valuable equipment will enable the functioning of 3 online platforms which make up the SKSI initiative namely: the National digital library, lifelong learning and the open access research platform and repositories.
These online platforms could not have come at a better time with the current Covid-19 pandemic forcing a heavy reliance on online technology to enable work and learning continuity.
The role played by Dr Simona and Christina Mualia of UNDP working in collaboration with efforts of Professor Ioana Chan Mow and the NUS SKSI team in making this initiative a reality was also acknowledged.
The Vice-Chancellor concluded in wishing the SKSI project great success and acknowledging again the support from UN Regional Coordinator and UNDP.