The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) last Thursday.
The MoU will facilitate the establishment of cooperative programmes and activities under the framework of the Vanuatu Post School Education and Training (PSET) Policy 2016 – 2020 of the MoET, which sets out the vision for post school education and training in Vanuatu.
It was signed by the Minister of Education, Jean Pierre Nirua and the VUW Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of Commerce, Professor Ian O.Williamson.
“Vanuatu is privilege to associate with the VUW and being a small country, Vanuatu has ambitious dreams. Now we can count on our friends such as VUW and others who are willing to assist in further tertiary training for our children,” Nirua said.
Particularly, in the framework of the establishment of a national university, the MoU engages the parties to work together in developing new academic programmes and supporting existing ones, including student and staff exchange, visits by officials for further collaborative relations, scholarships and postdoctoral fellows.
“We are proud of the opportunity to work the Vanuatu government through the Ministry of Education as your efforts has inspire us to think of new ways of services to our communities-it is very rare to have academic institutions come together to work and we happy to be part of Vanuatu’s journey and develop collaboratively,” Professor Williamson said.
The occasion was followed by the signature of another agreement between MoET, VUW and University of New Caledonia regarding the implementation of the Tourism and Hospitality Bachelor which has been launched this Year.
Lecturers from New Caledonia, VUW, Taylor’s University of Malaysia and University Toulouse 2 Jean-Jaurès will be coming to Vanuatu to deliver the course.
The ceremony was witnessed Minister Jean Pierre Nirua, Director General of Education Bergmans Iati, both delegations of New Caledonia and New Zealand, the NZ High Commissioner, a representative of the Government of New Caledonia and of the French Government.