N.U.S. Open Day stokes students' desire for further learning

The National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) threw open its doors on Friday to students from colleges across Samoa. 

The day was a chance to show students the nature of the university's curriculum, what life is like for tertiary students and also to see the campus up close.  

A total of 38 colleges attended the open day: 11 from Savai'i and 27 from Upolu.

A Year 12 student from Avele College, Alo Timanu, who is 16 years old said he is studying economics and Friday was a chance for him to learn more about the subject. 

"I come here to the open day is to find out what kind of jobs or career I can get from studying economics, and how I can get to that kind of job," he added. 

He also said he wants to learn more about how money flows through accounting systems and the skills that are required to run businesses successfully. 

Teachers said they were thankful for Open Day programme because their students were given a chance to see how they could extend their learning. 

Faith Mikaele, a teacher from Lepa and Lotofaga, told the Samoa Observer the programme was a great opportunity to see what is going on at N.U.S. for themselves. 

"I am expecting my students [in] year 13 should have [to] understand what they are going to take next year, and know what they are expected [of]," she said.

A year 12 student from Chanel College, Enesi Asiasiga, who is 17 years old, said he plans to study commerce and was enjoying the opportunities presented by the Open Day.

"For me the Open Day programme is a great help because I got to see what I can study when I come here when after colleges it helps to let us know what field to study," he added. 

He also said that when he came to see the Open Day it motivated him for next year's Foundation Year. 

Friday was not only about the what the university offers, he said, but a chance to meet current students, fun and games and other activities.

Lafaitele Fualuga,t he Dean of the Faculty of Arts, said  many students came to ask questions about the degree's requirements.

She told them only students with a passing mark of more than 60 per cent an up in English are accepted.

"The college students look [excited] and happy and I am sure that they have found something important today," she said.

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