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The signatories to this agreement were the Vice Chancellor and President of N.U.S, Professor Fui Le’apai Tu’ua Ilaoa Asofou So’o and Council Member who is also the Assistant Vice Chancellor (Pasifika) of Vcitoria University of Wellington (V.U.W), Associate Professor Hon. Luamanuvao Winnie Laban following the Council Meeting held in Apia recently.

The MOU signed is an Agreement for the Exchange of Students between Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and the National University of Samoa that commenced on 31 March 2016 and is for an initial period of five (5) years. 

The Agreement is for the acceptance of up to two (2) exchange students each semester, at the undergraduate or postgraduate level but is subject to maintaining a balanced reciprocity. 

The number can be extended by mutual agreement, provided a balanced reciprocity is maintained and student exchanges will be for one semester or for a maximum of one academic year. 

The liaison person for V.U.W is the Student Exchange Coordinator and for N.U.S it is the International Office Coordinator.

 

Associate Professor Hon. Luamanuvao Winnie Laban

Vice Chancellor and President of N.U.S, Professor Fui Le’apai Tu’ua Ilaoa Asofou So’o

Three new staff and volunteers have been introduced into the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) for this semester.

They are Mrs Allyson Logie- Eustace, who is here on a four weeks staff mobility attachment with the N.U.S.’ Student Support Services (S.S.S). 

Logie-Eustace will assist the Student Support Services section determine strategies for providing assistance to students in the areas of student engagement and involvement.

She has already met with the N.U.S. Student Association (N.U.S.S.A) and has held a series of workshops for interested students about leadership and motivation matters.

Having these workshops will contribute to her work plan in creating critical thinking while promoting the holistic development of students at N.U.S.

 

She plans to also examine how N.U.S deals with issues of social injustice within the campus and share her own practices and experiences from the University of West Indies.

Emeritus Professor Atsuko Kita, a retired professor of Nursing from the Osaka City University in Japan specialises in Maternal Midwifery and Child Health Nursing is working closely with the School of Nursing under the Faculty of Applied Science.

Since last month, Associate Professor Marc Jorgensen from the Department of Developmental Mathematics at the Utah Valley University in the U.S. is here to spend his sabbatical leave assisting the Maths Department.  Jorgensen is here with wife, Gayle.

 

The staff mobility attachment is one of the programmes coordinated under the Caribbean-pacific Island Mobility Scheme-home (C.A.R.P.I.M.S) in which N.U.S is one of the partners. The Caribbean pacific island mobility Scheme is an intra-ACP cooperation and mobility programme in the area of higher education which focuses on Caribbean and Pacific institutions. It is implemented under the aegis of education, Audio-visual and Culture Executive Agency (E.A.C.E.A) of the European Union.

 

”We acknowledge the valuable time these colleagues have decided to spend here at N.U.S to assist us,” said Deputy Vice Chancellor, Peseta Desmond Lee Hang.  “We thank them for their service and for sharing their experiences with us.  We do hope that they too will learn from us and wish them an enjoyable and fruitful time here at NUS.” 

 

Mrs Allyson Logie- Eustace

Professor Atsuko Kita

Associate Professor Marc Jorgensen

 

 

The National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) has placed zero tolerance on any student who is caught being involved in school brawls.

This was the message from the Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Fui Leapai Asofou So'o relayed by the Student Counsellor and Literacy Officer at the Students Support Services (S.S.S.), Luagalau Foisagasina Eteuati Shon to all the Foundation Students and the Technical Vocational and Educational Training (T.V.E.T.) during a special meeting called at the Falesamoa recently.

 

"The meeting was called after one of N.U.S. students was caught fighting on Campus. There were eight former students of Avele College and Saint Joseph's College caught fighting on N.U.S. Campus.

"The incident was reported to the V.C. by the securities which were related to the differences between these students’ ex schools," explained Luagalau.

The students were taken to the S.S.S. Office for Counseling when they were issued a warning.

 

"Should there be another incident between these eight students again, we will call the police and whatever it is that they have to do, N.U.S will refrain from interfering with investigations. If they are to be charged, so be it. Just like what the police are doing at the market.”

"Not only they will be taken to the police but also, they will be expelled from the N.U.S. It will terminate the opportunity to continue attending the university.  There will be no more chances for them to be accepted. That warning includes all university students as well as Foundation Students," added Luagalau.

 

This was also the message from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trades (M.F.A.T.) Foreign Services Officer, Malaeoletalu Luana Ulia to students who are on Partial and Full Scholarships from the Government.

"Their awards will be terminated if the Ministry finds out that the awarded students are involved in these brawls whether on campus or outside. Even if you did not fight or you did not start the fight, the scholarship award will be terminated," Ms. Ulia said.

Luagalau made it clear that these are not the kinds of behaviour that they should be expecting from N.U.S. students.

 

The National University of Samoa (N.U.S) and the Samoa Association of Manufacturers (S.A.M.E) are pleased to announce that they have joined forces in supporting and eventually localizing the training component of the S.A.M.E Food Safety Management Training and Certification Programme.

 

The Vice Chancellor and President of N.U.S Professor Fui Le’apai Asofou So’o delivered the keynote address to the companies and organizations that attended the training at the Oloamanu Training centre last week.

 

“Since Samoa joined the World Trade Organisation (W.T.O), opportunities for trade between Samoa and the global market has opened up,” Prof. Fui said.  “However it also poses challenges for our goods and services suppliers especially in the provision of food and beverage both locally and globally, to be competitive.”

 

“To succeed in international trade, goods and service providers must not only be competitive, but they must also be internationally recognized,” added Prof. Fui.

The Food Safety Management Training which is part of S.A.M.E’s International Certification programme promises to equip Samoan food and beverage for manufacturers & exporters to follow through.  It will not only enhance the competitiveness of our food and beverage but also create international recognition as being ISO Certified.

 

It’s an initiative according to the President of S.A.M.E Tagaloa Eddie Wilson whereby sixteen (16) local companies are now heading for certification. 

These include a wide spectrum of processors, manufacturers, exporters of coconut and cocoa based products, food and beverage industries; processed agriculture-based products such as nonu, coconut cream, palusami chili, fruit juice, snack foods, beer, water, ice cream and soft drinks, processed meat products and fresh and frozen taro. 

The training was delivered by New Zealand International Certification Limited (N.Z.I.C).

 

N.U.S in partnership with S.A.M.E will eventually take over the training programme for the private sector in Samoa.

“This is to ensure the sustainability of the programme in the long term,” Tagaloa said.  “This will enable local companies and organisations to prepare for certification by N.Z.I.C) under the S.A.M.E International Certification programme.”

 

Prof. Fui added:  “N.U.S is proud to be associated with this program, which is ultimately aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of the private sector and build the capacity of local businesses and organisations to ensure food safety and management at the highest level as well as gaining International certification.”

 

He also encouraged attending local companies to complete the programme and earn their international certification.

N.U.S and S.A.M.E acknowledged the support of the Government as well as the major sponsor, Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Program (PHAMA).

VC Prof. Fui Le’apai Asofou So’o

 

Tagaloa Eddie Wilson

Photo By: pacificguardians.org

The National University of Samoa (N.US) is pleased to announce that one of its staff members with the Faculty of Science, Mrs Edna Temese-Ualesi has successfully completed her PhD studies from Ibaraki University in Japan.  Her three year thesis titled: “The development of Mobile Learning” was well received by her supervisors.  Her achievement is a celebration for N.U.S as one of its own home grown graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in English (2003) has come a long way in terms of perseverance and commitment given to her studies and the will to come back and serve.

 

 

1996 – Foundation Certificate in Arts

1997-1999 – Bachelor of Arts (N.U.S.)

2000 – Diploma Computer Studies (N.U.S.)

2001-2004 – Bachelor of Social Sciences (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan)

Mrs Edna Temese

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