Women take lead at University of Samoa

The National University of Samoa (N.U.S) has a new Professor.

Professor Muagututi’a Ioana Chan Mow was welcomed yesterday, thirteen years after the University welcomed their first Professor.

The announcement was made by the Vice Chancellor and President of the University, Professor Fui Le’apai So’o.

Professor Muagututi’a’s appointment comes with the appointment of three other women Associate Professors for the Le Papaigalagala Campus.

They are Associate Professor Taema Imo from the Faculty of Science, Associate Professor Safua Akeli Amaama and Associate Professor Tuiloma Susana Taua’a.

Professor Fui said this is an exciting development for N.U.S.

“The first time the National University of Samoa had Professors was back in 2004, and it’s been 13 years now,” he said.

But better late than never. Vice Chancellor Fui said the milestone achievement would benefit the National University of Samoa as well as the whole of Samoa.

“We grew up and read about Samoan history being written by white men,” he said. 

“Now we have teachers graduating with PhD Doctor of Philosophy and this will enable us to write our own books and prove that what has been written by white men were absolutely wrong.”

He added that the three new appointed staff members would also contribute to the development of the University. 

According to a press release, “Muagututi’a Ioana Chan Mow was the Associate Professor for the Computing and Computing Education and also a Senior Lecturer for the Computing Department of the faculty of Science for many years.

“Associate Professor of Environmental Science Taema Imo is also serving the N.U.S as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Science in the Science Faculty.

“Associate Professor Safua Akeli Amaama is a Senior Lecturer for Development Studies in the Centre for Samoan Studies”.

“Associate Professor Tuiloma Susana Taua’a has been working in the N.U.S for over ten years, and she is a Senior Lecturer for the Department of Social Science for the Faculty of Arts.”

Associate Professor Safua Akeli Amaama said her achievement was all about giving back and contributing to the development of Samoa.

“I grew up and went to school abroad and one thing our father kept telling us is to get educated and give back to the country.”

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