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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Solomon law students at Emalus Campus grab 2007 Graduate Assistant Scholarships from USP's Faculty of Arts and Law

Three Solomon Islands law students at the University of the South Pacific's Emalus Campus in Vanuatu have been offered all but three 2007 Graduate Assistant Scholarships with the School of Law under the university's Faculty of Arts and Law.

They are Humphrey Marau, Philip Kanairara and George Gray who will be doing postgraduate studies under the Graduate Assistant scholarship. It is understood Mr Kanairara and Marau have already begun their awards at Emalus Campus this semester while Mr Gray will commence in semester two.

According to a faculty staff, a total of 44 applications were received at the Faculty Office at the due date. From these applicants, the Schools had selected their successful applicants with a total of twenty partial and full scholarships. The School of Law only offered three Graduate Assistant scholarships which went to those three Solomon Islanders above.

"The Faculty recognizes the need to provide opportunities for well-qualified students to pursue postgraduate studies and to contribute to research that would benefit the Faculty, University and the region. As a way of furthering this goal, the Faculty had offered twenty Graduate Assistant Scholarships starting from semester 1, 2007. This is in line with both the Faculty Plan and University Plan to focus more on postgraduate studies during the new triennium. In line with its decision, the Faculty had set aside a budget of $196,000 for the Graduate Assistant scholarship. The funding would cater for both the partial and full scholarships offered by the Faculty."

"Three candidates were awarded GA Scholarships for the doctoral program, one for the Postgraduate Diploma program and the rest for the Masters program.

From the list of those accepted, Fiji dominated the award recipients whilst Solomon Islands only accounted for three awardees and one from Kiribati.

While pursuing their postgraduate studies, Graduate Assistant Scholarship holders are expected to provide teaching support each week to the respective division during the semester. The Faculty also plans to offer Graduate Assistant Scholarships in 2008.

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