17 Jun 2005

Solomon Islands may get USP campus

4:25 pm on 17 June 2005

Solomon Islands could have a University of the South Pacific campus in Honiara soon.

Negotiations between the Government and the USP council have begun and a decision on whether Solomon Islands could have its own campus should be made at its meeting in Suva, Fiji, in August.

Solomon Islands, which has a USP centre, is pushing for its own campus because the number of students studying for university degrees there increases every year.

The USP Centre director, Dr Glynn Galo, says this year's enrolment totals four thousand while the number of intake is one thousand six hundred.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza, is happy that more school leavers are taking up university studies at the centre, adding the more Solomon Islanders who want university education the better.

He says his government is happy to invest in the university education of its young people.