Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has told a high-level delegation from the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) it is the intention of the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government to improve both the facility and academic status of the premier institution.
The high-level delegation from the Solomon Islands National University was led by the Vice-Chancellor Dr. Glynn Galo.
Prime Minister Sogavare said the improvement would cater for tertiary education needs of the country.
A statement by the Prime Minister’s Press Secretariat said the delegation met with the Prime Minister yesterday to inform him the institution’s infrastructure development project proposals with the intention of securing financial support from the Government for their implementation.
The projects contained the SINU Strategic Plan for 2016 to 2020 include the construction of a major academic complex and the refurbishment of the newly SINU-bought old Malaria Research Centre building.
The delegation also used the opportunity to raise the possibility of the Government providing fully-funded Solomon Islands Government scholarships for SINU students and the need to recruit expatriate staff.
The SINU Vice-Chancellor Dr. Glynn Galo said the major project is the academic complex to cater for 350 seat capacity lecture theatre, 50-seat conference room, 14 classrooms and workshops, media room, bookshop, kitchen, cafeteria, staff offices and student amenities.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said he is glad that a delegation from SINU has taken the time to discuss the important issues with him.
He said the current situation in Papua New Guinea which resulted in the repatriation of Solomon Islands Government sponsored students, highlights the importance of the Solomon Islands Government improving the facility and academic status of SINU.
He said the Democratic Coalition for Change Government is taking this direction and the plan to improve the infrastructure and academic status of SINU is of the interest of the government and certainly, they will look at the propositions.
The Prime Minister adds, the government and its partners are keen to support SINU’s objective.