SOLOMON Islands National University (SINU) will soon be conducting lectures and tutorials in the evening for the benefits of people who are employed and unable to attend during working hours.
Pro-vice chancellor professor Basil Marasinghe told the Solomon Star yesterday that this year the School of Business and Management will be conducting evening classes in Accounting and Business Entrepreneurship.
“From 2017, more programs may be offered in this manner,” professor Marasinghe added.
He said, university has now modified its admissions procedures.
“Currently, advertisements for applications for admissions to various programs are published in newspapers for the later part of the year.”
Professor Marasinghe said, eligible students are given offer letters by the end of January in the following year and as a result leaving insufficient time for students to raise funds for their fees by February.
He added that according to new procedures approved by the Senate, all the academic programs will be open for applications throughout the year.
“Selection for programs will be done in every three months and selected applicants will be issued offer letters immediately.”
Mr Marasinghe said this new procedure will give students up to 10 months to raise funds and also approach MPs to get scholarships.
Students are advised to apply as early as possible because while admission will be mainly based on their GPAs and English language skills, admission will also be on first come first served basis.
“This new procedures will also reduce congestion during the first 2-3 weeks in February and students having to wait for long hours in queues to pay fees and get enrolled.
Although the admission procedures have been modified, SINU Admission Policy will remain unchanged,” he said.
He said that there are 7 Bachelor’s Degree Programs currently available in SINU.
1. Bachelor of Accounting
2. Bachelor of Teaching Secondary
3. Bachelor of Nursing (Mid-Wifey)
4. Bachelor of Nursing (Acute Care)
5. Bachelor of Nursing (Primary Health Care)
6. Bachelor of Nursing (child Health)
7. Bachelor of Business Entrepreneurship (beginning semester 2 2016)
Vice Chancellor Dr. Glynn Galo believes that students who are admitted to first year (Foundation Year) of Bachelor’s Degree Programs with good GPAs in Form 6 should also receive Government Scholarships which are currently given to Form 7 students only.
He also added that ‘this will be a matter to be raised in our discussions with the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development’.
By LESLEY SANGA