Solomon Islands National University (SINU) has a new professor who is the first to be recruited by the university.
He is profession Basil Marasinghe, the new Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) who arrived on Sunday.
He was officially welcomed to the University by the Pro-Chancellor of SINU and the Chair of the SINU Council, Sir Nathaniel Waena during the signing of his contract yesterday.
Also present to welcome him were senior management officers of SINU.
Professor Marasinghe is the first staff with the rank of Professor who has been recruited by SINU. He comes to SINU with a wealth of academic experience from Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, India, Australia and more recently from Papua New Guinea.
He has worked a total of nine years at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) and more recently at the University of Goroka so he is very familiar with the issues faced in the Melanesia socio cultural context.
The Pro-Chancellor expressed that with the wealth of academic experience he has obtained internationally and especially his experience at another Melanesian country, Professor Marasinghe will be able to guide the University work through some of the academic challenges it currently faces.
The SINU wishes to position itself as a well recognised University throughout the Pacific region and recruiting staff with strong academic qualifications and standing will help build its recognition.