Solomon Islands Ministry of Public Services and Institute of Public Administration and Management sign MOU with Divine Word University

Issue Date: 2nd April 2012

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Public servants in Solomon Islands will soon receive training from Divine Word University’s Faculty of Flexible Learning.

This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Solomon Islands’ Institute of

Public Administration and Management, Solomon Islands’ Ministry of Public Services and Divine Word University last Thursday.

A six-member delegation consisting of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Services Ishmael Avui, Policy Advisor MPS Walter Huberts-Rhein, Institute of Public Administration and Management Director Rose Wale, Deputy IPAM Director Billy Fito’-o, RAMSI Senior Program Manager Atenasi Ata-Wasaku and Training Advisor Robyn Stonehouse visited the DWU Madang campus last week, to study programs offered by the university that could be offered to public servants of the Solomon Islands.

According to the MOU, IPAM Solomon Islands and DWU desire to
work together to forge, strengthen and expand their relationship and mutual
contact, share management, administration and technical information via  modern information and communication technology (ICT) and mutual contact arrangements.

This will also see the provision of DWU resources including professional expertise, quality training and development for IPAM staff for the next three years.

Mr. Avui said he believes training offered to Solomon Islands public servants will benefit the nation both through capacity building and nation-building.

DWU President Fr Jan Czuba in response encouraged the team to make use of Internet Technology and e-learning.  He said ICT links communities and enhances quality learning. He added that with geographical barriers such as that of the Solomons and PNG, ICT was the way forward.

The DWU Faculty of Flexible Learning offers programs for people in the working force who are unable to take up full time studies. The programs include Diploma in Management, Diploma in Project Management, Diploma of Human Resource Management, Diploma in Workplace Training and Development, Bachelor of Disability Studies, Bachelor of Special Education, Master of Leadership in Business Administration and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

DWU through the FFL has also expanded to Nauru and will begin in the Solomons this year.

The Solomon Island delegation also met with SI students in undergraduate studies and encouraged them to make good use of the learning facilities and be good ambassadors.

Mr. Avui also presented K1000 to the DWU Solomon Islands Students Association on behalf of Ministry of Public Service.

SISA President Terence Masi, on behalf of the fifteen current SI students thanked Mr. Avui and said the money will assist the students in their activities this year.

delegates talking to SI students Smallsigning the MOU Small

SI delegates with Fr Jan Smallsigned MOU Small