Sixty-seven foundation students of the National University of Samoa, who have just recently graduated, are heading for studies in Australia, New Zealand And Fiji.
They have been awarded scholarships and were congratulated during a reception at the N.U.S. fale yesterday.
Of these 67, 61 students are sponsored by the New Zealand government and Australia and six scholarships are funded by the Samoa government.
Awards are merit-based with the allocation to ensure a fair representation of the fields of Arts, Science, Commerce and general agreed to by the three governments.
As for the open category scholarship awards, are made available for those already employed in the public and private sector, non-government organisations and civil societies.
Forty of these awards have been provided for the Open Category 2018 in take, to undertake tertiary education in institutions in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region.
There are 10 scholarships for flexible learning.
Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mataáfa congratulated the awardees on behalf of the Prime Minister who is the Chairman of scholarship awards.
“No doubt that you are feeling that you have rightfully earned your reward for the hard work and the sacrifice that you and your parents have invested in for the last five years,” she said.
Fiame said today is a new beginning and with it, comes with challenges.
“The skills and knowledge that you will acquire through your scholarships will assist Samoa advance in many development initiatives.”
Australian High Commissioner, Sue Langford, says education is a key priority for Australia’s aid because they believe in “enabling young Samoans such as you to obtain technical and tertiary level qualification to contribute to the future of Samoa.”
Her comments were echoed by the High Commissioner of New Zealand, David Nicholson, who also congratulated all of them.