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Apia (3 August 2018): Another history in the making was celebrated last week when the National University of Samoa (N.U.S) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Pacific Islands Orthopaedics Association (P.I.O.A).  

The MoU confirms the establishment of a collaborative relationship between N.U.S and the Association for the provision of the medical postgraduate programme of Master of Surgery in Orthopaedics (MSurgOrth).

Signed by the Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Fui Asofou So’o and the Association Director of Training, Dr Desmond Soares, the agreement marks a new phase for training of medical postgraduate programmes in Samoa offered through the School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences at NUS.

Orthopaedic conditions caused by trauma and degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis of the hip and knee are the major causes of disability in the Pacific. This programme will train doctors to the standard of specialist orthopaedic surgeon that will fit the medical conditions and health context of Samoa and the Pacific Island countries. Doctors in the programme will be trained in their home countries with minimal travels during course of this programme which will have significant reduction of cost in terms of manpower and service delivery.

The programme currently has 18 students from seven Pacific Islands namely Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Fiji, American Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Federated States of Micronesia. At present, the P.I.O.A team is in Samoa to run the third Paediatric Orthopaedic course.

P.I.O.A was established in 2012 with strong partnerships with Orthopaedic Outreach (Australia), Orthopacific Trust (New Zealand), the Australian Orthopaedic Association, the New Zealand Orthopaedic Association and the Swiss Surgical team.

“I am very pleased with this milestone and I am grateful to the Vice Chancellor and the National University of Samoa. This is a culmination of many years of work for the Association and we thank the team from the School of Medicine who were involved in the initial discussions and re-development of this programme. We are also thrilled with the excellent facilities at the TTTM Hospital for training of doctors in this programme and the friendly nature of the Samoan people” Dr Soares said.

Caption: M.O.U. sealed: NUS Vice Chancellor Professor Fui Asofou So’o and P.I.O.A Director of Training Dr Desmond Soares.

 
 
 

A Samoan Professor of Pacific Studies at Auckland University of Technology (A.U.T) has been confirmed as one of the guest speakers to feature in this year’s Samoa Conference hosted by the National University of Samoa (NUS) in September.

Professor Tagaloatele Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop will share her wealth of experience on the leadership dialogue during the three day conference in September at Le Papaigalagala campus.

Her perspective as one of the successful Samoan academics in a diaspora community in New Zealand will be of great value to emerging and aspiring researchers, academics and leaders across sectors.

She has been heavily involved in twelve more regional and international conferences prior to her role as one of the guest speakers for the Samoa Conference IV this year, adding yet another initiative under her belt.

Prof. Tagaloatele has been teaching and researching in the area of Pacific Studies for more than three decades including a fifteen year stint teaching at the University of the South Pacific, Alafua Campus.

There, she taught in the Alafua School of Agriculture before taking up a post in the U.N.D.P, U.N.I.F.E.M and U.N.E.S.C.O and eventually moving back to New Zealand in 2006.

This September, she has been named as one of the leading characters in the leadership conversation for Samoa Conference, one of eight subthemes surrounding the conference this year.

Those include:

  1. Heritage –How do we balance heritage and development approaches? What is Samoa’s legal framework for heritage management?
  2. Climate Change – What is Samoa’s role in addressing climate change impacts and implementation of various Climate Change conventions and funding? How sustainable are we as an island nation in the face of increasing climate change?
  3. Literacy – How has literacy helped foster sustainable development in Samoa over the years?
  4. Regionalism and security – Is Samoa a regional leader or actor?
  5. Leadership and Sustainable Development – As leaders how can we use technology to ensure that we are fostering sustainable development and collaboration? How are we preparing future leaders to champion sustainable development?
  6. Innovations for Sustainable Development - How far have we come?
  7. Policy and Research for Innovation – To what extent Samoa has invested in designing policies and funding research to help facilitate industrial development, collaboration and competitiveness amongst sectors?
  8. ICT and Mass Media – What ways can Samoa address cyber security issues today? Istraditional media obsolete in today’s Facebook world? Media and agenda setting, how valid is it in small islands? Do the media have a place in the faasamoa?

Prof. Tagaloatele holds a PhD from Macquarie Syd. Australia, MA from Victoria University of Wellington (V.U.W), New Zealand, BA (Hons 1) V.U.W, BA V.U.W, TTC (Teachers Certificate).

Her research areas include imperative topics discussed in the region far reaching into some of the focuses for Samoa Conference.

Such research areas including; Sustainable development, Pacific Small Island States, Gender, youth and development issues, Family security (domestic violence and Child abuse and neglect issues)and Education.

She’s behind many other current projects at A.U.T including Youth connectedness, Pacific youth in New Zealand, Pacific males and educational outcomes, Pacific epistemologies, pedagogies and methodologies, Gender and equity issues Pacific, Police and domestic violence, and child abuse and neglect.

The following is a list of her publications and work done throughout her stellar career in terms of reports, conferences, seminars and presentations:

  • Response to Domestic Violence – Pathways to recovery, V Kingi and J Jordan, with T Moeke-Maxwell and Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop (2009)/li>
  • Vanuatu Domestic Violence Report,; Pacific Police Prevention of Domestic Violence (PPDVP) August 2009 (PPDVP, NZAID).
  • APPCAN, Perth (Nov 2009 Plenary Session — Invited member of 4 member panel Indigenous Responses to Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN).
  • APPCAN, Perth (2009) Bringing Police into Domestic Violence/CAN strategies: Pacific, Paper presented.
  • Association of Asian Social Science Research Councils (AASSREC) 18th Biennial General Conference, Bangkok August 2009 Biculturalism, Cultural Identities and Globalisation: Issues for Aotearoa New Zealand (with professor David Thorns, and Associate Professor, Rosemay Du PLessis (University of Canterbury).
  • Association of Social Scientists (NZ) Pacific students and the Talanoa access grid (Jan 2009) (ASSR website).
  • BRCSS Conference (Aug 2009) The Pacific Post Graduate Talanoa Network, Wellington (with Salainaoloa Wilson p/g).
  • BRCSS Conference (Aug 2009) Coordinated and chaired the Pacific Sessions (x2).
  • NZFUW Keynote, Pacific Women Graduates: Learning to Say 'no' and 'help' Auckland (Sep 2009).
  • Pacific Bible College Conference, Family based strategies for child abuse and neglect, Wellington (2009).
  • Samoan Teachers National Refresher Course (2009) Growing Samoan researchers at VUW, (October 2009).
  • Climate change and migration in the South Pacific region: Policy perspectives, Institute of Policy Studies, VUW (9-10 July 2009) If I plant a tree, will my children be here to see it group. (Climate Change, Migratoin and the Community.
  • UNESCO Biculturalism, multiculturalism and globatlisation; Pacific, paper presented at UNESCo, Royal Society, ASSR forum, Wellington Cultural identifies in a globalizing workd, (17 April 2009).
  • Wellington City Council Forum (2009) Creating Pacific learning communities, Wellington

Invited chair

  • Pacific Island Family Study Workshop, From Research to Policy (Dec 2009), AUT University.
  • PIPSA Conference, (Dec 2009) Women and Politics Session,Auckland University.

Prof. Tagaloatele’s acceptance of the Organising Committee’s invitation as one of the guest speakers further affirms the wider support of Samoan leaders in the course of N.U.S taking proactive approaches to support the SAMOA PATHWAY by encouraging existing and emerging scholars to contribute to this conference by providing high quality analysis and evaluation of Samoa’s contribution to the priority areas that need to be addressed.

Again, the conference is open to local and overseas scholars, who have conducted research on Samoa, practitioners of various disciplines, university students, political leaders, non-government organisations, civil society, businesses and global audiences.

This conference will also provide a platform for our diplomatic community to share their invaluable resources and priorities with attending groups and organisations.

Participants are expected to pay a registration fee in order to receive full conference package.  Held during the famous Teuila Festival week, there are organized tours where participants and guests can choose from.

The Samoa Conference Committee encourages members of the public to join us at this conference by becoming a speaker, presenter, or even as a participant to share your views and thoughts with us on how Samoa through YOUR UNIVERSITY, YOUR FUTURE, can address challenges and make valuable contributions to the many development issues.

The deadline for abstracts is 31 July 2018 and so far there have been interesting and diverse interests received by the Organising Committee from Samoans here and abroad.

Caption: Prof. Tagaloatele confirmed as one of the three guest speakers at the Samoa Conference IV in September. Credit: www.aut.ac.nzStay tuned for our next article.

(*The writer is a member of the Publicity Sub Committee of the SCIV Organising Committee and also News Administrator for Media and Journalism School news service, Samoa Beat)

 

 

As part of its vision, as a vibrant and innovative center of excellence in research that supports teaching and learning, community engagement and international partnerships and, leadership and governance,  the National University of Samoa (N.U.S) proudly presents its Fourth Samoa Conference (SCIV) on the theme ‘Our heritage, our future: fostering sustainable development through leadership, innovation and collaboration’.

Held every four years, preparations are now underway for every interested person to submit an abstract of 150-200 words for presentations,   panel discussions and poster displays - all are due on Tuesday, 31 July 2018.

 Following the success of its Seventh Measina Conference in 2017 in which discussions and deliberations were centred on the changes   associated with Samoan practices despite acknowledging the fact that foundations are still intact, the Samoa Conference takes the   conversation into a more global perspective and addressing the impacts of globalisation – from changes to culture practices to development   issues.

 The fact of the matter is that Samoans are now travelling and living around the world, communication with the rest of the world is easier, so   too is the sharing of information and adaptation of new ideas.  Ordinary Samoans are both responding to the impacts of regional and global   developments, and being proactive in making changes due to globalization. Samoa is now part of a global web of interconnectedness of   economies, politics, environment, socialization, education and ideas.

 In response to the SAMOA PATHWAY, S.I.D.S countries including Samoa have called for series of efforts and commitments to address the   continuing challenges in order to maintain and mobilise limited resources at hand for future generations. The future of these small island   states depend on the political will, young champions through innovation and forging partnerships with the outside world.

 This year’s Samoa Conference will explore how these global ideas have influenced the modern society, how Samoans influence these     ideas –  it seeks to unravel Samoa’s engagement with the world.

The conference is multidisciplinary which aims at bringing together academics and practitioners in the applications of leadership, innovation   and collaboration for sustainable development.  The subthemes of the conference include but are not limited to:

Heritage –How do we balance heritage and development approaches? What is Samoa’s legal framework for heritage management?

  1.  Climate Change – What is Samoa’s role in addressing climate change impacts and implementation of various Climate Change conventions and funding? How sustainable are we as an island nation in the face of increasing climate change?
  2. Literacy – How has literacy helped foster sustainable development in Samoa over the years?
  3. Regionalism and security – Is Samoa a regional leader or actor?
  4. Leadership and Sustainable Development – As leaders how can we use technology to ensure that we are fostering sustainable development and collaboration? How are we preparing future leaders to champion sustainable development?
  5. Innovations for Sustainable Development - How far have we come?
  6. Policy and Research for Innovation – To what extent Samoa has invested in designing policies and funding research to help facilitate industrial development, collaboration and competitiveness amongst sectors?
  7. ICT and Mass Media – What ways can Samoa address cyber security issues today? Istraditional media obsolete in today’s Facebook world? Media and agenda setting, how valid is it in small islands? Do the media have a place in the faasamoa?

 

OBJECTIVES:

SCIV aims to:

  • Support the SAMOA PATHWAY by encouraging existing and emerging scholars to contribute to this conference by providing high quality analysis and evaluation of Samoa’s contribution to the priority areas that need to be addressed

 

  • Provide documentation of deliberations throughout this conference for key policy-makers to make appropriate and relevant policies that will enhance the livelihoods of every Samoan here and abroad

 

  • Facilitate research findings, exchange of productive ideas, best practices and lessons learned between Samoa, Pacific region and SIDS that will better promote leadership, innovation and collaboration

 

  • Contribute to the literature of ‘Samoa mo Samoa’ and ‘Samoa in the World’ for generations to learn and continue the legacy of keeping ‘Our heritage, our future’ alive.

 

  • Promote research in leadership, innovation and collaboration with a particular focus on the provision of solutions and pathways to sustainable development

 

  • Bring together people working, researching and actively contributing to development in the areas of leadership, innovation and collaboration to share their experiences, findings and analysis of current issues in their respective fields

 

PARTICIPATION

It is open to local and overseas scholars, who have conducted research on Samoa, practitioners of various disciplines, university students, political leaders, non-government organisations, civil society, businesses and global audiences.

This conference will also provide a platform for our diplomatic community to share their invaluable resources and priorities with attending groups and organisations.

REGISTRATION FEE

Invited and interested speakers will be asked to pay their own travel, registration and accommodation costs.  Participants are expected to pay a registration fee in order to receive full conference package.  The registration fees will enable the organisers to subsidise costs of hosting the three-day conference.  More information on fees is available on NUS website and social media accounts.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES:

Samoa Conference IV is envisaged to have the following outcomes:

  1. Documented proceedings through various presentations will be widely published and shared amongst NUS networks, media as well as partnered organisations/groups/ministries of this conference  
  2. An analytical input from research findings which would help Samoa’s diplomatic approach address priorities, challenges and a way forward for SAMOA PATHWAY
  3. Continued awareness in promoting Samoa’s young scholars and entrepreneurs through capacity building and innovation

MEETING STRUCTURE

The conference will be held at the Lecture Theatres (D201 & D101) and the proposed structure is as follows:

  • Opening: The highlight of this session features the significance of the traditional ava ceremony in the Samoan culture.  The keynote address will provide Samoa’s approach to address regional and global development issues. 
  • Day One: The Culture and Heritage session will showcase initiatives, issues and solutions reflecting the importance of culture and heritage in the modern age.
  • Day Two: The Technology and Innovation session will look into the impacts of technology and its applications to Samoa’s development
  • Day Three: The Leadership session will hear contributions from aspiring scholars and leaders on Samoa’s drive for good governance and share leadership experiences of being a leader from various fields.

There will be parallel sessions as part of the content of this meeting.

SIDE EVENTS:

Different activities will be held at the Main Campus, Le Papaigalagala including:

  • Art Exhibition – Faculty of Education
  • Science Fair – Faculty of Science
  • Apia Tour – SCIV Committee
  • Sky Eye – Independent
  • Youth panel – Faculty of Arts/Peer2peer group

The Samoa Conference Committee encourages members of the public to join us at this conference by becoming a speaker, presenter, or even as a participant to share your views and thoughts with us on how Samoa through YOUR UNIVERSITY, YOUR FUTURE, can address challenges and make valuable contributions to the many development issues.

Who will present at this conference? Stay tuned for our next article.

 

 

 
 

Defining what is practical for Samoa based on lessons learned from an overseas experience should be clearly applied.

These include opportunities for research and transferring that knowledge into an institution based curriculum.

This was the experience of a Tourism lecturer from the National University of Samoa (NUS) who attended a five-week Pacific Islands Fellows Program (PIF) in Hawaii recently.

Mrs Lenara Tuipoloa-Utuva, who is also a researcher in the Tourism discipline has been able to capture the amazing tourism initiatives at this program and already looking forward to transferring that knowledge to the current Tourism curriculum.

Mrs Utuva’s selection at this fellowship had provided her with the knowledge, skills and attributes on farm-to-table initiatives that could become an ideal project for Samoa’s tourism development.

“Hawaii is beautiful and is one of the well-known tourist destinations. It has various fresh produce farms that makes the difference in the tastes of Hawaii,” said Mrs Utuva.  “This is something I wanted to understand more about so I can work on transferring that into our own Samoa tourism industry, because we have great potential for it.”

Following a competitive process of selecting applicants from the Pacific region, Mrs Utuva succeeded as the sole local representative.

“The organisers placed us in work placements as interns for the duration of five weeks, according to the interests that we identified in our applications. We are supposed to learn from these internships and further build professional networks.”

The group is the first of the Pacific Islands Tourism Fellows Program as part of the Pacific Islands Development Program which East-West Centre administrates.

“The main objective was really to create a space for tourism fellows to work on their ideas towards sustainable tourism in their own islands by looking at what is in Hawaii mainly through internships. Similar to our exchange programs at NUS. I think not only have I gained insight on farm-to-table and how practical it can be, but that insight also contributes to the development and support for our courses here at NUS - it is a research opportunity,” added Mrs Utuva.

Caption : Pacific Islands participants at the Pacific Islands Tourism Fellows Program

Caption: Mrs Utuva (left) at the Ma'o Farm, Hawaii

As the sole representative from Samoa at the program, Mrs Utuva is determined that by integrating new ideas into the current curriculum and sharing it with the young people would assist in Samoa’s cause for sustainable foods and produce initiatives.

ABOUT THE PACIFIC ISLANDS TOURISM FELLOWS PROGRAM

The program brought two cohorts of tourism industry professionals from the Pacific Islands to Honolulu, Hawai‘i that builds significant new capacity and facilitate enduring professional bonds between industry leaders in the United States and the Pacific Islands.

Professional Fellows were chosen through an open competition with ideas for an applied project or business problem that bears directly on tourism growth in their home country. Rigorously curated placements, with a close pairing of each Fellow’s project objectives to the Designated Placement Host, will offer Professional Fellows fresh insights, new analytical perspectives, and practical approaches for building nascent island tourism sectors. Supplemental educational and cultural enrichment activities will ensure Fellows acquire substantive leadership skills as well as a deeper appreciation of American society.

ABOUT PIDP

From the very beginning, the East-West Centre has maintained special interest and expertise in the Pacific Islands. Many of the earliest students who received their education through East-West Centre fellowships were from the region, especially the then-Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, and shortly after the founding of the world-renowned Polynesian Voyaging Society it was supported by a special Centre program. In 1980, under the visionary leadership of Fiji Prime Minister Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara and Hawaii Governor George Ariyoshi a special Centre program was formed to specifically address the unique issues faced by island nations emerging from decades of colonization.

Today the Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) conducts a broad range of activities to enhance the quality of life in the Pacific islands. The founding mission of PIDP is to assist Pacific Islands leaders in advancing their collective efforts to achieve and sustain equitable social and economic development. Since 1980 PIDP has served as a forum through which island leaders discuss critical issues of development with interested countries, donors, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector. On four occasions the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders has met with the President of the United States in Honolulu.

PIDP's role as a regional organization includes the following major activity areas:

As PIDP was formed at the specific request of the region’s island leaders, it is the only East-West Center program whose activities have a defined geographic focus informed by both the area studies and disciplinary expertise of its staff and participants.

PIDP is excited to be working in close cooperation with the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs on this program and welcomes the involvement of its partner institutions including the South Pacific Tourism Organisation and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa's Schidler College of Business and Pacific Business Center Program.

 

 

 
 
 

The Planning Unit, in collaboration with SkyEye Consultancy have taken a major step towards the preparation of the Campus Master Plan. This collaborative effort has taken shape in a project to provide NUS with a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software designated to store, retrieve, manage, display and analyse all types of geographic and spatial data. This project is a baseline study and analysis of the campus build out potential and opportunities as part of the concept plan preparation.   

The procurement of SkyEye consultancy’s services to do utilities, 2D & 3D mapping on all three NUS Campuses as well as providing training on GIS software will assist the University in collecting data relating to all utilities and assets on the three campuses which range from buildings, roads, street lights, rubbish bins, car parks, trees and septic tanks. All these features with their physical attributes and properties such as colour, height, area, volume even down to their specific and accurate location will be stored on an editable database that is updated over time..

Back: GPP staff

Front: Fa’asootauloa Sam Saili (CEO Skyeye), Vice-Chancellor NUS, Manager-Planning NUS, Nomeneta Saili (Skyeye)

The data this software produces not only contributes to the Planning Unit itself in terms of proposed developments with progressively more accurate proposals that is backed by sufficiently precise information but saves time and money as well in that we would be able to provide site assessments ourselves. Furthermore, with the proposed GIS course offered by FOS this is a good opportunity in terms of training for some of the staff who may be interested in this field.

The information that the Planning Unit collects from this activity will extensively contribute to making sound and informed decisions by the University management in ensuring the provision of safe facilities and sustainable developments that adheres to national development standards for students and staff.

Sincere gratitude is given to Fa’asootauloa Sam Saili, Nomeneta Saili and the Skyeye team for agreeing to take on this project and working with NUS in the preparation and setting up of the University’s first 2D & 3D GIS system. The Planning Unit is also appreciative of the support and expertise by the respective divisions and sections involved such as Properties and Maintenance, Finance, ICT, DVC – CS and the University’s website administrator. This was a good showcase of stakeholder partnership and internal sectoral cooperation in the successfully implementation of this project and hope to continue in the same manner moving forward.  

 

 

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