BY SAMIE WAIKORI
STUDENTS of the institute of tourism at SINU, APTC and Don Bosco Tetere had impressed PLMAM delegates during a half-day skill exhibition at the university last week.
The programme happened upon an invitation made for PLMAM officials to witness skills showcased by students from these various schools.
Vice Chancellor of SINU, Professor Prem Rai when acknowledging PLMAM delegates, welcomed and introduced them to the young university.
“Our university started five years ago and became one of the leading training providers in the country.
“And for this occasion, we’ll be showcasing skills in areas of hospitality, nursing, carpentry, construction and agriculture,” he said.
The delegate upon their visit had opportunity to see the training facilities and having idea of how the institution supports training skilled workers in both vocational and academic courses.
The vice chancellor told the delegate that the university continues to offer programmes for students to become skilled workers in various fields and can deliver in and outside of the country.
Rai said the programme includes sub-degree and degree programmes in tourism and hospitality, business and accounting, nursing and allied health science, natural resources, education, science and technology.
He said they have also established centres for Distance and Flexible Learning (DFL) to impart educational programmes to students based in provincial towns and rural areas.
“Our school of nursing and allied health science is offering quality programmes in nursing include midwifery, acute care, primary health care, child health, and public health etc.
“Plan also under consideration to offer care course in the school of nursing to meet the demands of this group of nurses in Australia and New Zealand,” Rai said.
Rai said the university is also preparing to cooperate and partner with agencies such as DFAT and NZAID in providing skill workers to assist in their several programmes.
“We know the Pacific Labour Mobility Programme has been well received by the Pacific countries including Solomon Islands.
“As a university we are happy to play our part in supporting this programme, as we believe it is beneficial to all partner countries in many ways.
“It strengthens people to people ties and brings about deeper regional integration, besides fostering economic growth in the island nations,” he said.