THE main purpose for establishing the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) is to address the tertiary training needs of Solomon Islands.
“That is our priority,” SINU Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Glynn Galo remarked at the university’s annual open day on Thursday.
The one day event was held at the Kukum campus field to showcase all the activities and courses offered by the university.
Dr Galo briefly highlighted the journey of the newly established university and its plans for the future at the university open day.
“We are only 16 months old so in relative terms we are just a very young university. Compared to say our largest university in the region, the University of the South Pacific was established in 1968, some 46 years ago.
“So we are a relatively young university.”
The Vice Chancellor said he is proud to report that within this short space of time the university had made some considerable strides and progress.
However he added like all journeys in life, SINU has also experienced some setbacks but these setbacks have given the school greater impetus to overcome them.
“These experiences have not dampened our commitment and enthusiasm to progress the development of the university, he said.
“This event provides the opportunity to stakeholders and the general public to see the level of academic and technical training which the university provides to the students who receive higher education and training at the various schools,” said SINU Pro-Chancellor Sir Nathaniel Waena.
SINU was formally launched as an university in April last year.
Yesterday’s event was hosted at the Kukum campus field where all the various schools and departments within the university came together to display their programs and courses they offer.
There were public tours to some of the schools.
There were cultural dances, entertainments and queen show staged at the event.
By TRIXIE CARTER