FLNKS Representative Tutugoro (l) and Minister Nirua putting pen to paper to formalize agreement on

a student exchange program between Vanuatu and the kanaky population in New Caledonia

By Anita Roberts

An agreement has been signed for a student exchange program between Vanuatu and the Kanaky population in New Caledonia.

Soon, kanak students will be enrolling in institutions in Vanuatu like the University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Emalus Campus and Vanuatu’s Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) while ni-Vanuatu students can go for study in New Caledonia too.

Deliberations about providing further study opportunities between the parties were held in the past years but no concrete measures have been taken until this week.

The representative of the Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front (Front de Liberation Nationale Kanak et Socialiste in french or FLNKS), Victor Tutugoro, put pen to paper with the Minister of Education and Training (MOET), Jean Pierre Nirua, for the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the minister’s office in the presence of the Principal Education Officer of the Scholarships Office and Director General, Jesse Dick.

Mr Tutugoro came to Port Vila to sign an MOU with the School of Tourism at the Vanuatu Institute of Technology (VIT).

The agreement will enable kanak students from the Northern Province of New Caledonia to undertake tourism studies here (in Vanuatu) at the VIT’s Hospitality and Tourism Leisure Training Centre (HTLTC).

When addressing the MOU signing ceremony at the MOET, Minister Nirua said Vanuatu made a commitment, which is recognized by MSG to accommodate kanak students, representing the Melanesians in New Caledonia.

“As the minister of education, I want to honor this commitment,” he added.

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