Meeting competency standards at the National University of Samoa (NUS) through its trade programmes require quality supply of resources and equipment.
For years it has always been a challenge getting all the help NUS needed to achieve such standards.
Now, the Australian-Pacific Technical College (A.P.T.C) has come to the rescue by handing over ST$40,000 worth of refrigeration and air conditioning items during a brief ceremony on campus this week.
Such donation would enable NUS with its delivery of practical sessions for staff and students undertaking the Refrigeration and Air Condition programme.
The Country Manager of the A.P.T.C, Mrs Pat Vella handed over this donation to the Vice Chancellor and President of NUS, Professor Fui Le’apai Tu’ua ‘Ilaoa Asofou So’o.
“We had been delivering refrigeration and conditioning training to Pacific Islanders in a cooperative and collaborative way,” said Mrs Vella.
Both the NUS and A.P.T.C. trainers had been working closely in delivering this programme and providing support to each other as well on how to use such equipment.
“I think this is a great positive feature of our partnership here in Samoa,” she said.
The university in 2006 merged with the then Samoa Polytechnic that used to house the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning training. Competency standards were reviewed to enhance quality delivery in line with national competency standards offered by the industry.
“The refrigeration and air conditioning programme is now even more important in Samoa as well as the only registered training in the refrigeration and air-conditioning area,” added Mrs Vella.
“A.P.T.C. will continue to offer refrigeration and air-conditioning training but we will be doing that in the future in our campuses in Fiji and Papua New Guinea (P.N.G.).”
“There is a significant demand for this program right across the Pacific and we do acknowledge the importance of that.
“Those locations however were there to suit the program and the growth needs of the program,” she said.
The donation included large and small equipment as well as consumable items related to the repair and installation of refrigeration and air conditioning appliances.
“So as result of A.P.T.C. moving out of that delivery area here in Samoa, we are in a fortunate position of being able to handover some materials, equipment and consumable materials.”
Mrs. Vella also said that it was a great deal of excitement at seeing the smiles of the students when unpacking the equipment.
“Especially equipment that is very difficult at time to purchase here in Samoa and hopefully provide an additional boost to the training program.”
In support of the A.P.T.C donation, the Acting High Commissioner of Australia to Samoa, Rosemary McKay added that: “This is just one part of the Australian government overall support to the education sector and to post school education and training.”
“We are really pleased to say that both the A.P.T.C. and the NUS are working closely to make sure that young Samoans and Samoans who are unemployed to get the widest range of choices and able to study at the NUS with the benefit of new equipment and then have the option of doing further study at the A.P.T.C. on a rational basis.
“We urge the NUS to take good care of the equipment, to make sure it’s put to best use and all the best to the students who are studying,” she said.
Prof. Fui on the other hand had returned the favour of acknowledging this donation.
“The council management, the students of the university and the people of Samoa, first and foremost would like to thank the A.P.T.C. and the Government of Australia for the donation of this valuable equipment to the NUS.
“We now measure what we do and our standards by competency standards administered by the Samoa Qualifications Authority (S.Q.A.), a lot of that includes consumables and equipment to help us do this,” said Prof. Fui.
“It is not new that now and then we run out of consumables and equipment to help us, to take us to those competency standards,” he added.
These resources and equipment will now be housed under the supervision of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, now led by its newly appointed Dean, Mr James Ah Fook.
Caption: Photo 1: LONG TERM PARNTERSHIP: (l-r) NUS VC & President, Prof. Fui Asofou So’o,
Acting High Commissioner of Australia to Samoa, Rosemary McKay and A.P.T.C Country Manager,
Mrs Pat Vella.
Photo 2: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Resources and equipment worth over ST$40,000 donated
By Katalina Tovia (*Katalina Tovia is a final year media and journalism student at NUS)