The Vice Chancellor for the National University of Samoa (N.U.S) welcomed the two new seniors managers to the University yesterday.
Professor Fui Asofou So’o welcomed Dr. Patila Malua-Amosa as the new Dean for the Faculty of Science and Seve Tupe’a Folototo Seve as the new Dean for the Faculty of Business and Entrepreneurship.
Professor Le’apai said that the University is looking at improving the standard of education so that it will be in line with the Universities overseas.
“We are also looking at improving the level of education so that our university will be recognized in other countries,” said Professor Le’apai.
In doing so, the board of directors looked at bringing the right people to lead the faculties and help lift up the standard of education within the university.
Dr. Patila Malua-Amosa graduated from the University of Otago in New Zealand with her Masters and PhD Degrees in Science. She has also been teaching at the University for quite some time.
She said she was very “honored and grateful” for the higher consideration given to her to lead the Faculty of Science.
Dr. Patila said that the new position comes with all the challenges but she is ready to oversee those challenges and help the University have a brighter future.
“I’ve been with the Faculty of Science for sometimes and I was acting as the Dean of the faculty as well, so I know all the ups and downs of the faculty very well and I am looking forward to whatever the future holds for us.”
Research was one of the areas Dr. Patila will be focusing on to improve the standard of education within the university.
For Seve, he said he was “humbled” by the new position.
“It’s a lot to take in and I know it comes with a lot of challenges and changes,” he said.
However, he said he is now ready to face whatever challenges or obstacles he may face along the way.
“It’s no easy task but I know with the help of God and my fellow colleagues we can help create a better future for the National University of Samoa.”
Like Dr. Patila, Seve said he will be focusing on the research area within the faculty.
“The research skills within our university are quite low and we want to work really hard to improve on the research skills of our students.”
Seve graduated with a Master of Commerce Degree from the Australia National University and is yet to complete his PhD for Commerce from the same University.
The selection of the successful candidates were made by a panel of judges including the Vice Chancellor and the contract for both positions are three years.