KOREA International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is committed to supporting fisheries industry in the country.
As part of its plan it will implement a project called, ‘Establishment and Capacity Building of Fishery Studies in Solomon Islands (2014-2017/USD 5million),’ by partnering with Pukyong National University (PKNU).
A statement from KOICA said, the project includes various components such as development of a master plan for the establishment and management of the fisheries department of Solomon island National University (SINU), construction of department buildings, provision of equipment, and capacity building programs.
In particular, a long-term scholarship program is expected to contribute to professional education and training in the field of Fisheries in Solomon Islands.
The statement added, KOICA is also interested to support SINU to improve the fisheries sector in the country.
“Although the fishing industry of Solomon Islands has a huge potential for economic growth, most people make out a living depending on small-scale fishing practices.”
As part of the plan KOICA is sending three successful candidates from SINU to study at the Pukyong National University (PKNU) and they will depart for Busan next Tuesday – August 25 to study for a master’s degree in fishery science.
The statement added that after completing their studies in Korea, the three candidates will return to teach at SINU.
“KOICA firmly believes that these candidates would make actual contributions to the development of SINU and their country,” it added.
KOICA also anticipates that SINU, with high-quality education and training programs provided by KOICA, would jump up to be a leading educational institution of fisheries in South-Pacific region.
By LESLEY SANGA