by Denver Newter
THE Vice Chancellor (VC) of the Pacific Adventist University (PAU) in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Professor Teatulohi Matainaho,is currently in Honiara for an eight days official visit.
Professor Teatulohi Matainaho arrived in Honiara on Tuesday, 13 June and was accommodated at the Solomon Islands SDA Mission Transit in East Honiara.
According to his official itinerary visit, Professor Teatulohi Matainaho, would meet with President of the SDA, Pr David Filo ,Education Official of SDA Office and PAU Solomon Islands Alumni in Honiara.
He would also met with Vice Chancellor of Solomon Islands National University (SINU), Dr Transform Aqorau, SINU Senior Lecturer, Dr Erick Katovai and the owner of Zaina Tina Farm at Burnscreek ,Dr Shane Tutuo including some prominent church leaders of the SDA Church in Honiara.
Also Professor Teatulohi Matainaho would have a high level discussion with the Minister of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD), Hon Lannelle Tanaganda and Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.
He would make his final visits to the office of the Papua New Guinea (PNG) High Commission Office in Honiara before flying back to PNG on Tuesday 20 June, 2023.
Professor Teatulohi (Lohi) Matainaho was appointed in September 2021 as Vice-Chancellor of the Pacific Adventist University, Papua New Guinea (PNG). Prior to his appointment, he was for 8 years, the Chairman of the PNG Science and Technology Council, and Chief Science Advisor to the Government.
Lohi Matainaho has a PhD in pharmacology from the University of Queensland, Australia and held positions as a professor of basic medical sciences and pharmacology at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and dean of research at the University of Papua New Guinea. He also has an adjunct appointment with the University of Utah, USA, and James Cook University, Australia. His research interest has been in drug discovery in biodiversity and marine products, and snakebite anti-venom.