SOLOMON Islands National University’s (SINU) School of Technology, Maritime and Fisheries Studies (STMS) seeks to be a pace-setter in the Pacific region in providing quality practical skills training in technology, marine and fisheries studies.
According to the Dean of the School, Solomon Pita, one of the major objectives of the School is to raise standards of education through effective teaching and learning, and applied research.
“This is to transform lives through quality education and training, promote accelerated development through community training and development projects, provide expert knowledge in the fields of Marine and Fisheries studies, and to deliver relevant solutions to challenges facing the development of the Solomon Islands.
“Therefore, in pursuance of this vision, it is part of our strategy to deliver a world-class expert training in Fisheries Studies based on academic discipline and practical skills for local fishing communities especially to safeguard food security and ensure effective management of marine resources.”
Pita made the rhetoric during a recent short visit made by the Canadian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Paul Maddison to the School of Technology, Maritime and Fisheries Studies complex at Ranadi.
He added that the Department of Fisheries Studies seeks collaboration and partnership support with Canada in a number of key areas such as Education and Teaching, Student Exchange and Skilled Manpower Training Partnership, Staff Career Development, Research Collaboration, Collaborative Community Projects and lastly Technical Support and Operations.
“Partnership with Canada can also help benefit students on the Student Exchange and Skilled Manpower Training Partnership where staff and students will engage in exchange programs with Canadian Universities with specialized Fisheries training programs. An offer of Staff Career Development is also important for staff development especially by offering scholarships for higher academic training for (academic) staff and as well as Research Collaboration that will engage students in collaborative research and acquire funding support for research activities.
“In terms of education and teaching, they need scholarship programs for outstanding and needy students in the Department as well as the need to engage in joint onshore practical training programs for students and community fishers. The importance of Technical Support and Operations would be that of providing access to peer-reviewed Canadian fisheries and related journals, newsletters, eBooks, etc. – to support/improve Department library, provide material support in the acquisition and supply of chemicals and equipment for the various laboratories at the Department and acquisition of small training vessel and equipment,” Solomon Pita added.
Meanwhile, he said that not only that but collaborative Community Projects were also important especially through “collaboration with DFATD in development projects in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors at community level as well as provide funding support for short courses in food processing, fishing technology and aquaculture for fishing communities.