BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
SOLOMON Islands National University (SINU) held an assembly for new students at the Panatina Pavilion yesterday.
The event was organised purposely to introduce senior managers to students and inform new students about regulations, facilities and requirements of the university.
Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Basil Marasinghe in his address told new students they have taken a wise decision by opting to join SINU.
Mr Marasinghe said, “Now SINU is a fully fledged university with large number of very good academic programs and over twenty infrastructure projects nearing completion.”
He also adds, SINU now has over 10 bachelor degree programmes and a large number of diploma programmes.
With the support of Solomon Islands Government, friendly foreign countries and donor agencies, SINU is in the process of rapidly improving academic programmes and infrastructure developments.
SINU administration is trying hard to give students facilities similar to student amenities in developed countries.
Fisheries complex, Panatina education complex and science, research and teaching complex are some of the examples.
Marasinghe, who started his address in pidgin but switched over to English, stressed that the students need to improve their English language skills.
He also explained unlike in primary and secondary schools where teaching is mainly carried out by the teacher centred method, at universities education is carried out by the student centred method and therefore students have to play a major role in their studies.
He mentioned to students about academic termination, and that is termination of students who do not perform well after every year including termination of students on disciplinary grounds.
Marasinghe said every year significant number of students are terminated on academic or disciplinary grounds and expressed the hope that this year SINU will not have any termination.