N.U.S. now open for business
The National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) opened for business on Monday after it was forced to abruptly to close in November last year due to the measles epidemic.
All staff members are required to report to work and prepare for this year’s academic programs which get underway in March.
This year will also open a new chapter in the history of the university with newly appointed Vice Chancellor, Professor Aiono Dr. Alec Ekeroma take his seat as the head of Samoa’s only university.
Attempts by the Samoa Observer to get an interview with Professor Ekeroma to find out his priorities for this year were unsuccessful.
However, it is understood the priority of the university for now will be the marking and grading of examinations that were sat by the students in November last year, before the measles epidemic forced the closure and shutdown of the campus.
The examination results are expected to be released next Monday.
Early admission and registration is from January 20-22, though official registration for Semester 1 runs from January 27-31.
N.U.S. administration staff have advised that all information in relation to early registration and enrollment can be found on their website. The number of returning and new students at the university this year is yet to be ascertained.
A number of students that this newspaper briefly interviewed at the campus said they are happy to return to studies.
While some of them missed their friends, they said it was important they finished their courses so they can put food on the table for their families after they graduate and find a job.