7 Aug 2003

The UNDP plans to build partnership with National University of Samoa

10:42 am on 7 August 2003

The United Nations Development Programme, or UNDP, in Samoa plans to build a partnership with the National University of Samoa.

The resident representative in Apia, Joyce Yu, says it's part of a new strategy by the UNDP that puts its emphasis on information technology and on youth.

Ms Yu says the UNDP will endow a chair or a course at the university on human development.

"This is to strengthen the field of study in the National University on development issues so that the policy dialogue and development policies for the future will be able to have this informed academic think-tank resource."

Ms Yu says the UNDP also plans to design better on-line services and improve government websites for people in the region with various projects like e-health and e-education being developed for the Cook Islands and Niue.