Minister of Education and Training, Jean Pierre Nirua has revealed that Vanuatu will have a Bilingual University soon.
The Government of Vanuatu, through its People’s Plan 2016-2030, has a commitment to further develop higher education in Vanuatu and to create a national university with bilingual stream in order to promote access to higher education for young people in the country.
Through the People’s Plan, the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create a partnership arrangement between the Minister of Education and Training, the Department of Tourism, the Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO), the Vanuatu Hotels and Resorts Association, the Vanuatu Island Bungalows and Tourism Association and the Vanuatu Tours Operators Association last week.
”This partnership arrangement aims to enhance good understanding, collaboration and close working relationship between my ministry through its Tertiary Directorate and the stakeholders for the training of students, employ-ability of young graduates and capacity building of Tutors or Lecturers of the Bachelor Degree and Master in Tourism and Hospitality to relevant industries,” Mr Nirua declared.
The MoET is in charge of developing the bilingual streams and wishes to develop and consolidate its network of partners and stakeholders in order to promote exposure to industry, the professional training of young graduates through the involvement of the public and private sector.
”The idea of this partnership has emerged with the development of the first Bilingual Bachelor in Tourism and Hospitality in Vanuatu, in partnership with the University of New Caledonia, University of Toulouse, Taylor’s University in Malaysia and Victoria University of Wellington,” the Education minister stated.
This training was launched in November 2017 and commenced in February 2018. 54 students are currently enrolled — 30 in the first year and 24 in the second year — with the introduction of the third year, a full 3-year degree program will be offered in the country.
The MoET is working closely with the Ministry of Agriculture for a similar MOU.
The Education Minister said he will table a bill for the Bilingual University when parliament convenes in November this year.
He asserted that once the bill is approved, the bilingual university will be established near Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) because the land has already been acquired by the government.