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Former Chief Justice, Patu Falefatu Sapolu was welcomed this week at the National University of Samoa during a brief ceremony Tuesday evening before taking up his teaching duties at the University.

Present to welcome the new lecturer was the Vice Chancellor and President of NUS Professor Alec Ekeroma, Deputy Vice Chancellor Peseta Dr. Desmond Lee Hang, the staff of NUS and the students of the Customary Law Adjudication class of 2020.

DVC Peseta Dr. Lee Hang on behalf of the VC and NUS delivered the welcoming address thanking the former CJ for offering his precious services to share his wisdom, knowledge and expertise to lecture in the Customary Law Adjudication program. According to Peseta, NUS   welcome the former CJ with open arms as his coming on board to teach at NUS is a milestone and a major stepping stone for the University.

Caption: Deputy Vice-Chancellor (AR) Peseta Dr. Desmond Lee Hang, Vice-Chancellor Professor Alec Ekeroma, Former Chief Justice, Patu Falefatu Sapolu 

Professor Ekeroma also commented that he as VC and the NUS holds the former CJ in the most highest esteem given his services as a former practicing lawyer, a former Attorney General and the many years of his services as Chief Justice and President of the Land and Titles that students of the Customary Law Adjudication program will without a doubt benefit from his knowledge and experience.

In his response to the welcoming speeches, the former CJ expressed his joy and excitement to lecture at NUS since his retirement as means of giving back to the country by way of teaching and being involved in the Customary Law Adjudication program.

The former CJ is now a part time lecturer at NUS teaching Law and Customary Law, including the functions of the Courts, its values, its characteristics and procedures for this 1st Semester. Patu will be teaching Professional Ethics in the 2nd Semester.

The Customary Law Adjudication program now offered by NUS was an initiative from the government through the Minister of Justice Hon. Faaolesa Katopau Ainuu and MJCA in 2018 with the intention that some students of this program graduate with a Certificate of Customary Adjudication may in the future be selected to become judges of the Land and Titles Court, whereby legal knowledge of law and customary law is highly required and demanded.

On Monday the 2nd of December 2019 the UNDP and UNESCO driven ‘Multi-disciplinary Research Initiative’ which is the third component of the Samoa Knowledge Society Initiative Project  was  launched  at the National University of Samoa School of Maritime Training and Marine Research Centre  Campus located at Mulinu’u. The launch was conducted through a training which included researchers from the NUS, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the University of Abu Dhabi and the New York University. The Multi-disciplinary Research Initiative component is a pilot study addressing the environment-health nexus in Samoa through conducting sample collections with the partnering institutions in biosecurity of fresh water to inform policy revision in biodiversity conservation and public health. The multi-disciplinary research platform will foster partnerships with the universities and the United Nations Dag Hammarskjold Library’s open research team to further initiate and conduct joint research. The official launch of the Samoa Knowledge Society Initiative Project  is scheduled on the 20th of December 2019. 

 

Talofa Lava!

The National University of Samoa has welcomed its new Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Alec Ekeroma who will officially begin his three-year term with us on the 3rd of February 2020.

At the 62nd Meeting of the NUS Council held on the 3rd and 4th October 2019, Council endorsed the selection of Professor Alec Ekeroma as the new Vice Chancellor and President of the National University of Samoa. The recommendation was then submitted to Cabinet for their approval as is the practice for all Chief Executive Officer positions of Government Ministries and State Owned Entities. Cabinet at its meeting on 9 October 2019 issued its Directive FK (19)36 the selection of Professor Alec Ekeroma to the position of Vice Chancellor and President of the National University of Samoa.

Professor Alec Ekeroma attained his PhD from Auckland University (NZ), MBA from the University of Keele (U.K.), MBBS from the University of PNG, FRCOG (Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology United Kingdom), RANZCOG (Royal Australian and New Zealand College Of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists), and DipObs from University of Auckland.

Caption: Newly appointed NUS Vice-Chancellor with NUS Council Chairman A'eau Chris Hazelman and Council member Hon. Luamanuvae Winnie Laban

PC: Samoa Observer


He has proven himself in Business entrepreneurship, an asset that the Council looked favorably upon in his ability to market NUS beyond Samoa. His commitment and passion in education is to be admired and we look forward to his leadership of the NUS in the next three years.

NUS once again Congratulates Professor Alec Ekeroma on his appointment and look forward to working with him. 

FOUNDATION CERTIFICATES

 

The list for all Foundation students who have completed the requirements of the Foundation programme has been posted at  the Taputoi Foyer at  Le Papaigalagala Campus.   To avoid large gatherings and to expedite  applications to overseas universities, certificates for students

 

awarded Scholarships to study overseas can be  uplifted  on Tuesday, 3 December and Wednesday 4 December 2019. Remaining students are to please note the schedule for release of certificates.  As per the  State of Emergency precautions,   students are not permitted on campus.  Parents or a family member 20 years and above can uplift the certificates.  They must present their valid  ID together with the valid ID of the student whose certificate they are uplifting.

 

For  more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel. 20072 Ext 126. 127, 297, 293 and 132.

 

Monday, 9 Dec 2019             Foundation Science

Tuesday, 10 Dec 2019           Foundation Arts

Wednesday, 11 Dec 2019     Foundation Commerce & Education

Thursday, 12 Dec 2019         Foundation General

Friday, 13 Dec 2019               Foundation Nursing

 

Faafetai and congratulations on your academic achievement.

 

NUS MANAGEMENT

With the coordination support of the School of Nursing, the National Kidney Foundation provided free kidney screening for staff and students at the National University of Samoa’s main campus at To’omatagi. The screenings were held on April 4th and April 11th between 10 am – 2pm. The process involved urine analysis, blood pressure testing, body mass index calculation, waist circumference measurement and blood analysis (focused on HbA1c and Creatinine). Participants were provided with counseling and advice based on the screening results. Staff and students were enthusiastic that the screening was provided and the attendance was steady throughout the clinic times. Many of the chronic illnesses and conditions which affect Samoans such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity are risk factors for kidney disease. If allowed to progress to the later stages of the disease, a person may require dialysis or a kidney transplant. The good news is that screening can help to detect kidney disease in its early stages, when it can be managed. If you need more information about Kidney Health please visit the National Kidney Foundation of Samoa’s website at https://nkfsamoa.org.ws/.

Caption: School of Nursing and the National Kidney Foundation staff  at Le Papapigalagala Campus

 

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Thumbnail Former Chief Justice, Patu Falefatu Sapolu was welcomed this week at the National University of Samoa during a brief ceremony Tuesday evening before taking up his teaching duties at the University. Present to welcome the new lecturer was the Vice Chancellor and President of NUS Professor Alec...
Thumbnail On Monday the 2nd of December 2019 the UNDP and UNESCO driven ‘Multi-disciplinary Research Initiative’ which is the third component of the Samoa Knowledge Society Initiative Project  was  launched  at the National University of Samoa School of Maritime Training and Marine Research Centre  Campus...
Thumbnail Talofa Lava! The National University of Samoa has welcomed its new Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Alec Ekeroma who will officially begin his three-year term with us on the 3rd of February 2020. At the 62nd Meeting of the NUS Council held on the 3rd and 4th October 2019, Council endorsed the...
Thumbnail FOUNDATION CERTIFICATES   The list for all Foundation students who have completed the requirements of the Foundation programme has been posted at  the Taputoi Foyer at  Le Papaigalagala Campus.   To avoid large gatherings and to expedite  applications to overseas universities, certificates for students...
Thumbnail With the coordination support of the School of Nursing, the National Kidney Foundation provided free kidney screening for staff and students at the National University of Samoa’s main campus at To’omatagi. The screenings were held on April 4th and April 11th between 10 am – 2pm. The process...
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