N.U.S. Open Day to go virtual: Vice Chancellor

The National University of Samoa's (N.U.S.) Open Day celebration will go virtual due to the restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

N.U.S. President and Vice Chancellor, Professor Alec Ekeroma, confirmed the programme for the annual event in an interview with the Samoa Observer.

Filming of the programme will start in the coming week and will cover the deans of each university faculty, unlike in previous years when students from the various colleges around Samoa were invited to the campus, in order to get insights on the courses available.

However, Professor Ekeroma confirmed that that will not be the case this year.

"We’ll film the deans and their programs," he said. 

"Students won’t be on campus but the deans will be outlining the courses from each faculty and demonstrating what each course is and the content."

The N.U.S. had its mid-semester break about a week ago, and it's normally during that week when the university held its Open Day. But it was postponed due to the Research Forum which was held on campus and ran for two days.

Professor Ekeroma said they will discuss how they can include students in the filming of the videos on Monday.

It is understood the Australian Pacific Training Coalition [A.P.T.C.] will also have a virtual Open Day. 

Initially, the N.U.S. was to partner with the neighbouring A.P.T.C. for the virtual Open Day, though Professor Ekeroma later indicated that he was advised the Australian government-funded training institution had already filmed their programs. 

The date and theme of this year's virtual Open Day is yet to be confirmed. 

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