‘Su’esu’eina o le tofāmamao a faia’oga o le Iunivesitē i le a’afiaga o le KOVITI-19 i le fa’aaogaina o a’oa’oga i luga i le initaneti i a’oga
An Upcoming Researcher Profile.
Ms Tara Patu: Computing Lecturer and CISCO Instructor in the Faculty of Science National University of SAMOA.
Ms Tara Patu is a young woman from the villages of Vaiala and Faatoia. She is a former Samoa College student and was a Foundation Student here at the National University of Samoa in 2009 where she completed her Foundation Certificate of Science. She went on to complete her Bachelor’s Degree here at NUS where she majored in Computing. She became a Computing lecturer in the Faculty of Science when she graduated. In addition she also became a CISCO Instructor in 2016. She recently finished her Postgraduate Diploma in Science this year and is currently studying towards a Master’s Degree in Science here at NUS.
This is her first time presenting for the Measina A Samoa Conference with the presentation ‘Investigating Perceptions of NUS Lecturers on the Impact of COVID-19 on the use of online learning in Education: its benefits and challenges which she collaborated with Professor Muagututi’a Ioana Chan Mow. Her research interests are on risk assessment, information security, network analysis, cyber security, mobile learning and graphic design. Ms Patu said it was quite a challenge for her preparing to present for the Measina A Samoa Conference. Yet she was confident as she had support from her superiors. Her advice to future researchers is that they must be courageous and step out of their comfort zone. They must also be determined to succeed and must be honest and respectful to their colleagues. She looks forward to take in as much as she can in learning from this year’s Measina A Samoa Conference.