10 Nov 2008

Solomon Islands told to consider establishing its own university

8:11 pm on 10 November 2008

The Solomon Islands Governor General, Sir Nathaniel Waena, says the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education needs to be strengthened, possibly by becoming a university of technology.

He made his comments in a meeting with the College Council on Friday.

Sir Nathaniel says the College, which trains thousands of Solomon Islanders in different fields and professions, needs to improve its current status.

Solomon Islanders wanting university degree courses mostly go to institutions in Papua New Guinea or the USP campuses around the Pacific.

But Sir Nathaniel says Solomon Islands may benefit more by having its own University of Technology which would develop the skills and encourage the use of modern technology in local businesses.

He says what's needed is training that keeps pace with the rapidly changing environment of the contemporary Solomon Islands in a highly competitive global market,