No plans for politics study at university, says V.C. Aiono

By Marc Membrere 13 April 2021, 5:00PM

The National University of Samoa Vice Chancellor says there are no plans to establish a political science academic program at the university.

And if such a program was to be established, it would be based on increasing demand for the course, says the N.U.S. President and Vice Chancellor. 

In an interview with the Samoa Observer on Monday, Aiono Professor Alec Ekeroma said the university does not have a political science program as it would be expensive to run. 

"So what usually happens is that if there is a demand for a certain programme or qualification then we look at individual papers under different degrees so we might decide then to issue a paper on political science but as a minor under the Bachelor of Arts for example," Aiono said.

"Until such time when there more demand then obviously there will be an increase in other papers that will lead them to a bachelor of political science."

When asked if the N.U.S Council had considered the establishment of such a program, he said it has not been mentioned.

"Other requests have come through, like for example, from law. They want a certificate in law, for example, some people want bachelors of law, some people have asked us about management to increase management courses for the police and for the public service," he added.

"So but no it hasn't been, but you know, if there's an increase in demand yes absolutely."

Asked for his personal view on whether he would support it, he said: "I think if there is a need out there then we need to hear it and if it's coming from the government because the government, of course, funds most things or if it comes from the private sector then someone would have to be prepared to fund it."

By Marc Membrere 13 April 2021, 5:00PM

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