Foundation program continues to grow
The National University of Samoa’s foundation program continues to grow from strength to strength with an increase in the number of graduates.
This was according to the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Fui Asofou So’o, during an interview with the Samoa Observer on the 2018 academic year and the success of the foundation program.
“For the last five years, it has been successful in terms of the number of students graduating from the foundation programme.
“We cracked the 500 mark three years ago and since then, that has been the trend and just like the previous year, a total of 522 students graduated within the Foundation Programme in 2018 alone.
“And some highlights were the high ranking students attaining high ranking marks in reference to their average from the subjects that they took,” he said.
Professor Fui said compared to previous years, the increasing number of students registering in the foundation program was noticeable.
“A main challenge that was faced by the university was students’ abilities, that enable them to attain the package of skills in order to succeed at this level of education."
“And then we have the usual kind of challenges towards the end of the year with some issues on students that were supposed to graduate but did not submit their forms to graduate, and then you have their parents coming in a day before graduation requesting for their child to graduate.
“We here at NUS try to improve on those situations otherwise it has been an exciting year in terms of the graduates of Foundation studies and Technical and Vocational Training (T.V.E.T.) programmes.