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SINU Appeals for Support in Establishing Malaita Campus at Fote

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SINU VC Dr Aqorau.
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Honiara, Solomon Islands – The Vice Chancellor of Solomon Islands National University (SINU), Professor Transform Aqorau, has issued a clarion call to occupants and land owners of the former National Agriculture Training Institute (NATI) at Fote, Malaita to make way for the University’s plans. SINU aims to establish its Malaita Campus at this prime location, which historically served as an educational hub for the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education’s National Agriculture Training Institute (NATI).

Professor Aqorau said that: “I understand SICHE never withdrew the Institute from Fote; they only withdrew the programme which was set up with the support and collaboration of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.”

According to Professor Aqorau, the university’s intention to set up a campus in Malaita stands in alignment with its ongoing expansion plans in the Provinces, and the Fote site presents an ideal setting given its rich history and suitable infrastructure.

“The establishment of a SINU Campus in Malaita is not just a boom for the institution, but a significant catalyst for the socio-economic growth of the province,” Professor Aqorau noted,” he said in a statement today.

The Vice Chancellor’s statement further underscores the immense potential the campus brings in terms of economic benefits for Fote and the wider Malaita community. As envisioned, SINU will invest heavily in specialized programs such as agriculture, agroforestry, land management, and other related fields. These programs are anticipated to inject new life into the local economy and provide vast opportunities for the inhabitants as well as the Province.

In light of the above, Professor Aqorau earnestly calls upon the, landowners, the people of Malaita and the Malaita Provincial Government to rally behind this transformative initiative.

“This is a call to action for the greater good of our community, and we believe that with unified support, we can create an institution that not only educates but also empowers and uplifts,” the Vice Chancellor emphasized.

SINU remains committed to its mission of providing unparalleled education and research. With the Malaita Campus, SINU aims to create a legacy of academic excellence while simultaneously fostering sustainable economic growth for Malaita and its people.

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