The National University of Samoa celebrated two milestones on Thursday.
The occasion was the launch of their Strategic Plan 2017-2021 and their first Statistical Digest 2015.
Held at the Maritime School in Mulinu’u, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, was the keynote speaker.
“At first glance, the pairing of these documents may seem odd for a launch but in close reflection, it is appropriate,” said Tuilaepa.
“As we consider these two documents, they do tell us a story. It its a story that touches on N.U.S.’ past and its envisioned future.
“It is a story that attempts to further connect N.U.S to its local, regional and international communities while acknowledging the important role our N.U.S. plays.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa said the N.U.S. Statistical Digest is not a just a compilation of figures and numbers.
Rather it is a publication “that tells a story of N.U.S. programmes, student, staff and operational performance.
“It paints a picture of where N.U.S. was in 2015 and the two years priors. Yes, it is not lost on me that it is now 2017 and the Digest is 2015 but I am assured that he 2016 statistical Digest will be forthcoming in the next few months.
“This not withstanding, this documentation is part of N.U.S. History. It aims to capture and provide a snapshot of the university in a point in time. A snapshot that provides critical information to partners and key stakeholders.
“A snapshot that helps to inform its future. As we consider the future of N.U.S. it is also fitting that here today, we celebrate the launch of N.U.S. Strategic plan 2017-2021.
“I understand that this plan is refined from N.U.S. original strategic plan 2010-2020. It has been reviewed and refocused to map out strategies that are more strongly linked with our current context. It has been refocused to align and compliment our strategy for the development of Samoa; as well education sector plan.”
“I commend these attempts to create synergy with our country’s overarching strategies. For we cannot accomplish all that we need to do for our country without working together. This document illustrates N.U.S. commitment and promised in its work for our community.”