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Friday, March 16, 2007

UPNG Open College boss visits SICHE to explore the possibility of offering UPNG courses in Honiara

The Executive Director of the Open College of the University of Papua New Guinea, Abdul Mannan paid a visit to the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education this week, where he held discussions with the College Director.

Mr Manna's visit was to explore the feasibility of SICHE becoming the Centre through which UPNG Courses can be made available to Solomon Islanders.

The discussions confirmed that Solomon Islands Governments policies encouraged the growth and development of an in-country University.

A statement says the vision of the two institutions coming together to make it possible for Solomon Islanders to do university courses from UPNG at SICHE is consistent with Government's intentions.

It is hoped that SICHE's Distance Education Centre will be the main focus as it has the physical infrastructure and staff capacity already available.

A feasibility study is being prepared following the visit. The statement said if it is possible then the inaugural courses would be available as from the second semester of this year.

Source: SIBC

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