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Three NUS students became the lucky winners of an NUS ICT Student Profile Survey carried out at the start of 2018 Enrolment Week. The survey, facilitated by the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Corporate Services, was delivered to prospective and returning students enrolling for the 2018 Academic Year at the NUS. The purpose of the survey was to gauge the ICT profile of students to inform services developments and initiatives in support of student studies at NUS.

Technology is critical to students’ studies. It enables access to widely available online information, about various fields of studies and support research. In addition, it enables students’ access to remote places and information.

Understanding the importance of technology, the survey sought to identify whether students had personal ICT devices such as laptops, tablets and smart phones. Access to internet and use of communication channels and social media platforms were also included in the survey.

SSAB and Bluesky Samoa Ltd were able to provide their valuable support of this NUS ICT Survey initiative, by donating prizes for survey winners. This included a HP Printer and Nextbook from SSAB and a 4G Smartphone from Bluesky

Caption: Faauuga Neemia, Winner of the 4G smartphone sponsored by

Bluesky, with Bluesky staff member Melinda Brown

The prizes were integral to increasing the response rate of students. All students were invited to participate in the survey, and a total of approximately 1,200 surveys were completed. Winners were selected at random from the surveys submitted. The prize winners were:

1.     Fa’auuga Neemia: Bachelor of Commerce           

2.     Tumama Foisia: Foundation Certificate-General

3      Ropati Saolotoga: Bachelor of Nursing

Caption: Winner of the Nextbook tablet - Tumama Foisia, and HP printer winner – Ropati Saolotoga,  sponsored by SSAB with SSAB staff member Jaffa Faumuina

The prize-winners expressed their gratitude to Bluesky, SSAB and NUS for a great initiative, and vowed to use their prizes wisely to further their learning particularly with the use of the internet.


External Reviews are carried out every 5 years for all academic sections within the National University of Samoa and is coordinated by the Academic Quality Unit. The purpose of the review is to identify and assess the quality of section’s operations and programmes, gather evidence from staff, students and stakeholders and to develop and implement action plans. It is a major undertaking which requires work spread out over a year and requires engagement of NUS with a cross section of community users and supporters. The findings assist in establishing and improving academic section’s outcomes

The Oloamanu Centre for Professional Development and Continuing Education (OCPDCE) established in 2005 had it’s first External Review in 2012. Their most recent review was in January 2018, with a site visit conducted from January 15 – 17. Over the 3 day period the review panel team; Jeff Ashford of Victoria University of Wellington, Lemalama Taaloga Faasalaina, Community Representative and Joyce Adam of Samoa Qualifications Authority, engaged in dialogue with OCPDCE staff, students, graduates and stakeholders; Public Service Commission, Chamber of Commerce, Samoa Umbrella for Non Governmental Organisations, who provided valuable insight to the Centre and its relationships.

The review team presented a preliminary report on January 17, 2018 to the Vice Chancellor, Senior NUS Management and OCPDCE staff which outlined commendations and recommendations to address in the future. The final report will provide detailed findings for OCPDCE to address and to set out action plans for Senate and Council approval by May 2018.

Back Row  L-R : So’oalo Sydney Faasau, Tevita Simeki, Tofilau Faguele Suaali’I, Runella Hope, I’uogafa Matagi Sua, Tauvaga Vaai

Front Row L – R : Joyce Adam, Lemalama Taaloga Faasalaina, Jeff Ashford, Prof Fui Le’apai Asofou So’o, Lineta Taimanikaiyaroi,

Tea Tepora Afamasaga-Wright



The Conference for Science & Technology for Sustainable Development hosted by the National University of Samoa (NUS) in partnership with the South Pacific Regional Environmental Program (SPREP) was held this week at NUS. The Conference began on 22 November for 3 days.

This auspicious conference aims to promote research in Science and Technology, and provide a platform to bring together scientists, researchers and experts in the Pacific to share and profile their research regarding sustainable development in their respective fields.

According to the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Dr Patila Amosa, the conference is not just about building networks with overseas and external participants, it is also about sharing of research findings and exchanging of ideas. Dr Amosa also added that within this forum, there would be postgraduate students from the NUS who would be presenting on their research. Dr Amosa said “I believe this is an important avenue for NUS students to learn from, particularly those planning to pursue further studies, as well as giving them confidence to present to a wider academic audience.”

Caption: Conference participants group photo during the opening day. (photo credit: NUS Media and Journalism)

The information shared within this forum, is not only for academic purpose, but also useful for the Samoan community at large for their awareness and understanding. “We have research presentations on projects carried out in Samoa such as the study along Vaiusu Bay which assessed impacts of human activities on the coastal resources. This information may help communities control the activities along those areas particularly to reduce pollution,” she said.

This was further echoed by Mr Roger Cornforth, Acting Director General for SPREP who said, “this Conference provides an important opportunity for people not just scientists and students to be able to understand some of the knowledge which drives our decision making around the things that are really important for us and for the future”. Mr Cornforth went on to say that the Conference touches upon a lot of environmental issues which are aligned with SPREP’s core focus, particularly in ensuring sustainable development and providing awareness.

The Conference will end on Friday November 24th 2017.


Women are dominating research and educational roles within the National University of Samoa (NUS) with the announcement of a new Professor and three Associate Professors recently. The appointments included a new Professor of Computing and Computing Education, Professor Muagututi’a Ioana Tu’ugalei Vaai-Chan Mow.

Professor Muagututi’a was an Associate Professor at NUS for five years prior to her new professorial appointment at the Faculty of Science (FOS). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Otago and a Masters of Education and PhD from South Australia University.

In addition to Prof. Muagutut’ia, three more women were appointed as Associate Professors by the University. Dr Taema Imo-Seuoti has been re-appointed for another 5 years as an Associate Professor for Environmental Science. She holds a Bachelor of Science from NUS and a Master of Science and PhD from Ryukyus University in Japan.

Tuiloma Dr Susana Taua’a is the second Associate Professor appointee. She holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from Flinders University in Australia, and is one of the first locally graduated PhD holders from NUS. She has been appointed as Associate Professor of Geography.

The third Associate Professor is Dr Safua Akeli Amaama of the Centre for Samoan Studies, who is now appointed as Associate Professor in History. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Otago University, and Honours in History from Victoria University of Wellington, with a Masters in History from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The Vice Chancellor and President, Prof. Fui Asofou So’o said “the appointment of new professors speaks volumes to the development of NUS”.
“When we first started, we weren’t able to appoint any professors because we did not have any  PhD holders and so we lacked the level of wisdom and qualifications to have any professorial posts,” he said. “Today, reminds us of how far NUS has come. We are now able to appoint people to become professors locally and it’s something I am very proud of,” he said.

Caption: NUS Vice-Chancellor with the newly appointed professor and associate professors

At the moment, NUS has a total of 23 PhD holders currently employed by the university. “The level of researchers we have now is a sign that we are growing as a university. Globally, NUS gets to sit at the round table of universities known in the world because we are able to provide the qualified people to sit in there,” he said.

The selection of professorial appointments is based on three categories;
1. Their ability to teach.
2. Their community engagement.
3. Their research and publications.

Despite the big steps NUS is taking, Professor So’o says the university still has a long way to go. He says the goal is to have a professor for each faculty. “For Professors are particular for their own discipline. However this is the start and a small step to have a professor per faculty,” he said. “However, we can’t have a professor if they haven’t finished their PhD and needed qualifications,” he added.

The VC also applauded the rising success of women at NUS. “The women are leading the research work in the university. If they have done the publication and the research, they are more than capable of being professors,” he said


*Joshua Lafoai is a Multimedia Lecturer at NUS.



The University relies greatly on the generosity and kindness of valued partners and community to contribute to its ongoing development. On the 22nd September 2017, NUS was once again afforded such generosities as the NUS Learning Resource Centre (Library) was gifted with a donation of 30 refurbished desktop computers by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). 


This kind donation was an initiative supported by Alemania Febs Ierome, International Student Mobility Officer, QUT following a visit in late 2016 to NUS. Understanding the demand for computers in supporting student learning at NUS, Alemania answered the call for support from NUS University Librarian Avalogo Nanai Togi Tunupopo for assistance with computer resources. The two soon liaised and coordinated the provision and shipping of these computers to Samoa.


QUT is a major Australian university located in Brisbane, which offers high quality learning, teaching and research spaces fitted with state of the art information technology to meet the needs of students, academics and researchers.


According to QUT Logistics Coordinator Ms Mel Van Nek, "QUT is delighted to donate these computers to support NUS with its teaching and learning. We hope to donate more should the NUS library require them.”


NUS Head Librarian in response said "NUS is honoured to receive such a substantial assistance from QUT in our endeavours to provide adequate equipment to assist our students in their pursuit for higher learning and provide them with better learning opportunities.  We thank QUT profoundly for this donation."  


These 30 desktop computers are reconditioned from QUT, and part of a large resource of computers donated to support learning schools in Australia and abroad. The value of these computers amounts to AUD $1,470.00, equivalent to about SAT$3,000.00.  The monetary value shadows the intrinsic value of increased student access to internet and online resources as well capacity building (computing, communication skills) made possible by these technologies.


The Vice Chancellor recently commented on how pleased he was with this kind donation and relayed to QUT his gratitude and appreciation on behalf of the staff and tertiary students of the National University of Samoa. 


We especially wish to recognize the diligence, technical and charitable work of all those in Brisbane and QUT who were able to compile and transport this valuable equipment for Samoa. May God bless you richly and may you continue to find happiness and success in your work and assistance for those in unfortunate circumstances. 


Caption: NUS students using the donated computers    NUS Head Librarian Avalogo Nanai T Tunupopo




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