NUS Foundation Graduation 2018

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The National University of Samoa has recruited a number of medical specialists on full time and part time basis to meet the increasing demands for quality medical education. One of the appointments that was made recently is the recruitment of Dr Embiruka Osborne Nyandiva to a Senior Lectureship position within the School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences. Dr Nyandiva is a medical doctor by profession specializing in pathology, oncology and forensic medicine. He holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Degree, an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Medicine, and a Master Degree in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. He completed his PhD in Molecular Pathology and Oncology in 2018.  In September 2016, he was awarded the Fellow of Royal College of Pathologist UK.

Caption: Dr Embiruka Osborne Nyandiva and Professor Fui Le’apai Tu’ua ‘Ilaoa Te’o Asofou So’o, NUS Vice Chancellor

Dr Nyandiva brings to the National University of Samoa wealth of knowledge and experience in medical teaching and research. He has been a clinician, an academic and scholar for nearly ten years. Clinically, he was the Head of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at St Francis College of Health and Allied Science, Tanzania. He was also the Consultant Pathologist and Head of Clinical Services at the St Francis Teaching Hospital as well as the Galkayo Medical Teaching Hospital, Somalia. Academically, he was the Dean, School of Medicine at the Global Science University, Somalia and a former Associate Dean at St Francis University College of Health and Allied Health Science, Tanzania. He has published in peer review journals nearly twenty articles on health related concerns.

Pathology and Forensic Medicine like most specialized areas of medicine are very rare in Samoa and the Pacific Region.  The search in these specialized areas remains a challenge for health service delivery and teaching institutions for small island nations like Samoa. Dr Nyandivas appointment fills a number of teaching gaps for both preclinical and clinical phases for the NUS medical curriculum. His vast knowledge and skills set in pathology and forensic medicine would be equally beneficial for medical students in both preclinical and clinical years of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme at NUS.

The caliber of medical specialists like Dr Nyandiva, Professor Aiono Alec Ekeroma who was appointed Founding Professor for the School of Medicine and Asiata Dr Satupaitea Viali who is now engaged with teaching of the specialized area of Cardiovascular diseases raises the credibility of our very own School of Medicine for local and international recognition. Currently, Samoa does not have a specialized medical doctor in the area of pathology let alone forensic medicine.  Medical doctors of the National Health Services who may have developed interest in this field will benefit greatly from Dr Nyandivas exposure when integrated into the clinical aspect of pathology and forensic medicine at the National Health Services. Samoa National Health and Educational Institutions can utilize Dr Nyandiva’s knowledge and skills to its full potential for the benefit of its people.

A collaboration between two lecturers, Professor Anne E. Gursney Allen from Indiana University Southeast and Matatumua Maluiao Leua Latai, a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Education (NUS) comes to life, as ‘Paper Connections,’ an international juried art exhibition which opened at Indiana Univesity Southeast, at the Ronald Barr Art Gallery, in the United States. The first leg of the exhibition was hosted earlier this year at the Niule’a Exhibition Space at the Centre for Samoan Studies, at the National University of Samoa. The exhibition consists of paper works created by faculty members and students of both Universities.

The interchange was the work of both lecturers over the span of six years advocating for the arts and emphasizing the importance of international communication, cultural exhange and the promotion of arts education as a viable pathway for young people. The exhibition justified what the arts can teach which is encouraging one’s capacities for creative thinking and imagination, problem solving, creative judgement and a whole lot more. Many people do not associate the arts with ‘thinking’. We have a tendency to be only aware of the art ‘product’ - the song, the picture, the play but less aware of the process which creates the product (Oddleifson and Solomon, 1995). According to Eric Oddleifson, ‘the arts should be the basis of education, because the deepest and most lasting experiences is through participation.

                         

Indiana art community at the opening and faculty members of the Indiana Fine Arts Department enjoying the exhibition, October 2, 2018. Photographs courtsey of Anne Ellen, 2018 

Despite the challenges and setbacks, the achievement of featuring students and faculty work by both institutions gives motivation for not only our young people but to challenge them, that it can be achieveable with encouraging inspiring moments such as this. The exhibition was opened offically by  Chancellor Wallace of Indiana University Southeast and was well attended by students, faculty members and the art community of Indiana. The exhibit will be up untill the end of October and the artworks by the viusal art students of the National University of Samoa will be returned.

The opportunity for the exchange to occur was due to the determination and hardwork of both lecturers to provide their students with cultural experiences that are important to their development and to promote the arts in Samoa and the United States. There has been several visits from Indiana University Southeast to Samoa led by Professor Anne where her students immersed themselves in the fa’asamoa and engaged in cultural activities for a month in Savaii, as well as participating in printmaking workshops hosted by the Visual Art students at the National University of Samoa.  The conversations have continued where both staff and students are currently working together on a new project called the ‘Art Agency Beautification Project,’ spearheaded by an independent non profit student organization which comprises students from the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Arts (NUS). The project aims at beautifying the vicinities of the National University of Samoa.

                                       

Foundation students Paese Papalii and Edward Tauiliili showing the Indiana students how the popular Samoan ‘elei’ is done. Photo courtesy of Leua Latai, 2018 

 

 
 

Future collaborations in research for medical and other scientific areas of expertise were the focus of the symposium and discussions held on the 3rd of October, 2018 between the School of Medicine, NUS Research Experts and leading Research Professors from the University of Auckland and University of Otago. Professor Peter Shepherd from the University of Auckland and Professor Tony Merriman from the University of Otago paid a courtesy call to the National University of Samoa and the School of Medicine to initiate discussions on possible partnerships in research development tackling medical conditions which are common in Samoa. Professors Shepherd and Merriman are leading researchers and investigators at the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiversity. Maurice Wilkins Centre is one of New Zealand’s national research Centers and ranked as Centre for Excellence for Molecular Biotechnology. The institution has contributed immensely initiating and conducting various research projects on health conditions that are common in the Pacific Island Countries.

Professor Peter Shepherd (fifth from left) and Professor Tony Merriman (second from left) with the NUS Vice Chancellor

Professor Fui Le’apai Asofou So’o (centre) and staff of NUS and SoM.

The discussions between the two institutions identified several challenges which includes amongst others cancer, diabetes, rheumatic fever, genetic, TB drugs, microbial drug resistance, gout and metabolic diseases as the priority areas for research development. Samoa is amongst the top ten countries in the world with an alarming rate of diabetic conditions. This is a major challenge to national developments of a small island nation such as Samoa posing a threat to the future population.  The proposed collaboration envisions scientists from the School of Medicine, leading researchers of NUS and other cohort institutions e.g. SROS to initiate a caucus that will work with Maurice Wilkins Center on research projects to help address the identified areas of health concerns within Samoa. In his presentation, Professor Shepherd shared his study on “Genetics and metabolic health of Maori and Pacific people” where statistics found that it is not directly environmental factors relating a certain individual with diabetic and obesity, gene is one other contributing element. He added that several new drugs are being developed and currently in clinical trials for the treatment of cancer, diabetics, TB and rheumatic diseases. Samoa will benefit greatly from this collaboration where local researchers at the School of Medicine and other Faculties can be part of the ongoing investigations of health conditions of our own people and more importantly identifying possible solutions.  

Additional discussions noted the need for the School of Medicine staff to explore opportunities that will enhance their skills and knowledge especially continuous professional development which will go a long way in redefining and rekindling the passion and love for scientific explorations.

 

 

 

The Confucius Institute at the National University of Samoa was officially opened in an opening ceremony on September 10, 2018 at 10am at the NUS main campus at Le-Papaigalagala.

The Confucius Institute was established in collaboration between the National University of Samoa and Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban, China), with Liaocheng University as the partner university in China. Confucius Institutes are non-profit public institutions that started since 2004, with the aim to promote Chinese language and culture in foreign countries. They have become a platform for cultural exchanges between China and the world, as well as a bridge to reinforce friendship and cooperation between China and the rest of the world. The Confucius Institute at the National University of Samoa is the first and only Confucius Institute established in Samoa.

The opening ceremony was attended by H.E. Wang Xuefeng, Chinese Ambassador to Samoa; Hon. Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell, Minister for Public Enterprises; Hon. Faaolesa Katopau Ainuu, Minister of Justice and Courts Administration; Hon. Papaliitele Niko Lee Hang, Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure; Professor Fui Asofou So'o, NUS Vice Chancellor & Chair of CI-NUS Board; Dr. Desmond Lee Hang, NUS Deputy Vice-Chancellor & CI-NUS Local Director; Dr. Guojie Liang, CI-NUS Chinese Director; Members of Parliament; Members of the Diplomatic Corps from New Zealand, Australia, and the US; UNESCO Representative;Delegates from Liaocheng University; Members of the Samoan Chinese Association; Members of the Local Chinese Business Community; Chinese Volunteers in Samoa; along with about 100 other guests from all walks of life including students and Principals from Vaivase Primary, Robert Louis Stevenson Primary School, Maagiagi Primary School, Leififi College and Vaimauga College. The ceremony was hosted by Professor Fui Asofou So'o, NUS Vice Chancellor & Chair of CI-NUS Board.

In the keynote speech, the Hon. Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell, Minister for Public Enterprises, reiterated the Government of Samoa's gratitude to the Government of the People's Republic of China for its support of Samoa's National Development initiatives. He acknowledged the joint efforts made by NUS and Liaocheng University in the setting up of the Confucius Institute, and pointed out that the opening of the Confucius Institute symbolized the close and strong Sino-Samoan relationship. He emphasized the shared history between Chinese and Samoan people, and encouraged young people to learn Chinese and study the Chinese culture to promote cultural understandings, enhance diplomacy and facilitate trade and commerce in the future. Finally, he thanked Hanban, the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing for granting permission to establish the Confucius Institute, and officially declared the opening of the Confucius Institute at the National University of Samoa.

On behalf of the Chinese Embassy, H.E. Wang Xuefeng, Chinese Ambassador to Samoa gave his warmest congratulations on the opening of the Confucius Institute at NUS. As the date of the opening ceremony coincided with Teachers’ Day in China, he also delivered a Teachers’ Day wish to all the teachers present. China-Samoa ties have always been strong and solid since the two countries established diplomatic ties 43 years ago in 1975. The opening of the Confucius Institute at NUS is the best example of this growing link. Due to the rapid economic and social development of China, the interest and demand to study Chinese language have been soaring up quickly in the past decades. Confucius Institutes have acted as a bridge for communicating different languages and civilization, facilitating understanding and friendship between the people of China and other countries. For Samoa, the Confucius Institute Headquarters started sending Chinese teachers to Samoan schools since 2013, and thousands of Samoan students have benefited from the Chinese classes. Finally, H.E. Wang Xuefeng acknowledged the efforts and hard work of Liaocheng University and NUS for the establishment of the Confucius Institute, and looked forward to the Institute growing to be a symbol of China-Samoa friendship and cooperation in the heart of both the Chinese and Samoan people.

During the ceremony, Ms. Yanting Song, Director of International Programs Office at Liaocheng University, read out the letter of congratulations from Mr. Ma Jianfei, Deputy Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Executive Deputy Director-General of Hanban, China and the letter of congratulations from Mr. Cai Xianjin, President of Liaocheng University.

In his congratulatory message, Mr. Ma Jianfei conveyed his congratulations on behalf of Confucius Institute Headquarters and expressed gratitude to all those who have made contributions to the establishment of the Confucius Institute at NUS. He emphasized the strategic partnership and practical cooperation between China and Samoa, acknowledged the position and work of National University of Samoa and Liaocheng University, and hoped that the two universities, would work together to lay a solid foundation for Chinese language learning and carry out a rich mixture of cultural activities, making the Confucius Institute a bridge between China and Samoa in educational and cultural exchanges and cooperation, and contributing to the enhancement of mutual understanding and friendship between Chinese and Samoan peoples. Finally, he wished the Confucius Institute every success.

In his congratulatory letter, Mr. Cai Xianjin, on behalf of Liaocheng University, expressed congratulations to the National University of Samoa and gave thanks to all those who contributed to the establishment and construction of the Confucius Institute. He believed that the opening of the Confucius Institute would become a milestone in the history of Sino-Samoan relations. It will provide a wonderful opportunity for local people to study Chinese language and culture, while also furthering educational and cultural exchanges between the two countries. Finally, he wished the Confucius Institute at the National University of Samoa a flourishing and fruitful future.

Hon. Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell cut the ribbon to the Confucius Institute building. H.E. Wang Xuefeng unveiled the name plate of the Confucius Institute. Professor Fui Asofou So'o invited guests to have a brief visit of the CI-NUS building. Ms. Yanting Song present gifts from Liaocheng University to the guests. Dr. Desmond Lee Hang and Dr. Guojie Liang gave thanks to the guests present.

The Confucius Institute at the National University of Samoa commits itself to 1) offering Chinese language programs to university students and community residents; 2) hosting a variety of Chinese cultural activities; 3) offering opportunities for Samoan students to go to China for academic or cultural purposes; 4) organizing all kinds of Chinese proficiency tests and Chinese teachers qualification authentication; 5) offering local Chinese teachers training programs; 6) developing study programs about modern China; and 7) providing information and consultation services about Chinese education, culture and economy.

 

 
 
 
 
 

Faculty of business and Entrepreneurship lecturer, Fesolaí Aleni Sofara says that men have an important part to play in advocating for the rights of the Nofotane.

This was during his presentation entitled, "THE LAW OF BEING AN IN-LAW.”

Mr. Sofara's presentation coincides with the commemoration of International Women's day, on the 8th of March 2018. He said that to date, there is no English word that could define the word "nofotane" which is the term given to women married in to other families.

Fesola’i challenged many of the stigmas and stereotypes attached to being a nofotane. "Nofotane are Women who are new in a family or a village and their role is to serve the men's families. She belongs in the kitchen,” he said.

“The Samoan saying is ia mu mata ile afi, or that the nofotane’s main responsibility is the kitchen facing the open fire,” he said.

Fesola’i said, that while Nofotane is an individual choice, it is a choice that is looked down upon by many.

“Once you made this choice to get married and move to the man’s family there is only one word to describe you. The Nofotane," he said.

He strongly disagrees that the nofotane is being valued less than women of the families of their husbands, and that they have no voice in decision making, as suggested by the United Nations.

Fesola’i says that many families are wealthy because of the work of the nofotane. He says in his own experience, after interviewing five nofotane women in his family, he found them to be more trustworthy than his own family members.

Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Lafaitele Fualuga Taupi agreed with Fesolaí saying that Nofotane are not slaves, and that behind a great man is a greater woman.

Head of Department for the Samoan Language and Culture Seiuli Vaifou Temese commented that the word "tamaítaí," is translated as the daughter which all the fine things in her family is presented to.

The problem lies when she is relocated to her husband's family, where she cannot expect to take those fine things, and enjoy the same privileges as that of her husband's sisters.

Yet she believes that the Nofotane understands the family better, and patience is the key to her being blessed with something more special.

Fesola’i Toleafoa ‘Ape Aleni Sofara is a lecturer in Commercial law at the Faculty of Business and Entrepreneurship at the National University of Samoa.

His article, Tui’umi: The assassin has recently been published in the Journal of Samoan Studies, Vol 7, (3), 87-93.


 

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