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The National University of Samoa is the only national university in Samoa. Established in 1984 by an act of parliament, the university is coeducational and provides certificate, diploma, and undergraduate degree programs, as well as technical and vocational training. About 2,000 students are currently enrolled with an estimated 300 staff. It offers a wide range of programmes including Arts, Business and Entrepreneurship, Education, Science, Nursing, Engineering and Maritime Training. The Centre for Samoan Studies, established within the university for the teaching of the Samoan language and culture, offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as the world first degree, Master of Samoan Studies.The National University of Samoa has the distinction of being one of two universities in Samoa, the second being the University of the South Pacific - Alafua Campus which specializes in Agriculture. The campus was built in part with funding from the Government of Japan. Wikipedia.

Martinsson-Wallin H.,Uppsala University | Martinsson-Wallin H.,National University of Samoa | Wallin P.,Uppsala University | Anderson A.,Australian National University | Solsvik R.,The Kon Tiki Museum
Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology | Year: 2013

In the orthodox model of change in East Polynesian material culture, the riseofmonumentalceremonial sites is predicted as occurring earlier in the central archipelagos than at the margins. We have used existing and new radiocarbon dates from marae and ahu respectively to test this proposition in relation to the Society Islands and Easter Island (Rapa Nui). The data contradict the anticipated trend by showing that the initial phase of complex ceremonial sites began earlier, ca. cal AD 1300-1400 on Rapa Nui than in the Societies, ca. cal AD 1400-1600. Different explanations are canvassed. The sample size used here is still quite small; future investigations and larger sample sizes may change or confirm the results. © 2013 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Source

Cochrane E.E.,University of Auckland | Kane H.,University of Hawaii at Manoa | Fletcher C.,University of Hawaii at Manoa | Horrocks M.,Microfossil Research Ltd | And 6 more authors.
Holocene | Year: 2016

Between 3050 and 2700 years ago, humans first colonized the islands of south-west Remote Oceania, a region stretching from Vanuatu to Sāmoa. These colonists created a dense archaeological record of Lapita pottery and other artefacts on island coastlines across the region. There is one striking exception to this pattern: Sāmoa, with only a single Lapita pottery colonization site dating to approximately 2800 years ago. There are two competing explanations for the unique Sāmoan colonization record. First, there was a dense Lapita colonization record, now displaced through sedimentation and coastal subsidence. Second, there were few coastal plains suitable for settlement 2800 years ago resulting in the lack of colonization sites. This article describes the first archaeological and geological research designed to systematically test these explanations. The research focuses on the south-eastern coastal plain of ‘Upolu Island, an area where previous geological research and mid-Holocene sea-level indicators predict the least relative subsidence over the last 3000 years. Auger cores and controlled excavation units sampled the geological sequence and archaeological deposits across 700 m of coast. Sedimentary and dating analyses indicate coastal plain formation beginning 1200 years ago with the earliest archaeological deposits, including plain pottery, lithics, shellfish and vertebrate fauna, dating possibly 700 years later. Microfossil analyses identify burning and forest clearance coincident with the earliest archaeological remains. Compared with other Sāmoan archaeological deposits, the cultural materials and ecofacts represent very low-intensity occupation. These results support the proposal that there were few coastal plains suitable for Lapita pottery–bearing colonists approximately 2800 years ago. © 2015, The Author(s) 2015. Source

Thornton A.,University of New South Wales | Binns T.,University of Otago | Kerslake M.T.,National University of Samoa
Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography | Year: 2013

This paper presents findings from a study about the relationships between social change and settlement change in Samoa, where a form of landlessness is emerging in low income areas of the main town, Apia. It examines changing reciprocal kinship arrangements with respect to customary rural village plantation land and changes in both individual and household relationships with the church. Although these relationships are typically closely bound in Pacific island societies, recent field-based research has revealed the expansion of landless urban settlements with households that are alienated from rural village-based kin and, by extension, customary land. © 2013 Department of Geography, National University of Singapore and Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd. Source

Mow I.T.C.,National University of Samoa
Technological Developments in Networking, Education and Automation | Year: 2010

This paper is based on the second phase of an investigation which explored student attitudes and experiences in collaborative and individualised learning in computer based instruction. It attempted to answer the questions a) whether Samoan students prefer learning in a cooperative learning environment as opposed to individualised learning and secondly b) whether collaborative learning is more effective than individualised learning? Research results indicated that students enjoy and show positive attitudes towards collaborative learning and that they perform well in a collaborative environment provided the essential conditions for effective collaborative learning are satisfied or present. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010. Source

Chan Mow I.T.,National University of Samoa
Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries | Year: 2014

This paper is based on a study whose goals were to i) trace and analyse the developments of ICT in Samoa over the last 20 years, ii) identify issues and challenges in implementing these ICT developments iii) identify past and present strategies employed to resolve them and iv) from these findings make recommendations for the future in terms of policy implications, best practices and research. The conceptualisation of ICT developments, issues, challenges and strategies are based on Heeks' Inclusive Innovation theory (Heeks, 2013), Schumpeter's development theory (2002) and Sen's capability approach (1999). Analysis of ICT developments makes use of the World Bank Infodev framework for assessing ICT projects (World Bank, 2005). Analysis, reporting and discussion of the findings are made within the Framework of Action in ICT development in the Pacific (FAIDP, 2010). From this investigation of issues and strategies, recommendations have emerged for best practice and areas for potential research. Source

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