University to have presence in Samoa

Unversity of Otago vice chancellor Prof David Skegg. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Unversity of Otago vice chancellor Prof David Skegg. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
University of Otago students and staff will have a home away from home when vice-chancellor Prof David Skegg opens Otago House at the National University of Samoa later this month. 

The opening was seen as a strengthening of the links between the University of Otago and the Pacific, Prof Skegg said at yesterday's University Council meeting.

He will visit Samoa from March 27 to 31, to take part in graduation ceremonies and the opening.

Prof Skegg also hoped to meet the health minister and head of the health services, with a view to developing links that would assist them with development and provide Otago students with the opportunity to gain experience in a developing country, he said.

Deputy vice-chancellor Prof Gareth Jones said the house was a ‘‘significant symbol'' in the relationship between the two universities.

It was a large three-bedroomed house, which had been refurbished as a base for staff and students visiting Samoa, particularly on field trips.

He hoped it would also encourage more collaboration and research between staff and students of both organisations.

‘‘It is very much of mutual benefit.''

Chancellor Lindsay Brown said it fitted in with the university's strategic initiative to increase participation by Maori and Pacific Island students and having a visible presence in the Pacific.

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