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Thursday, April 30, 2009

To'abaita student graduate with International Rural Development Masters in New Zealand

A To'abaita student leader, Fredrick Dear Saeni, was one of three Solomon Islands students who have completed their studies at Lincoln University in New Zealand and were awarded with high level degrees.

Mr Saeni and Rose Tungale of Temotu, have attended the school graduation on the 24th April 2009 in Christchurch while May Tana Pitakere received her certificate in absentia.

Mr Saeni, who did his thesis in ‘Customary Landownership, Recording and Registration in the Solomon Islands’ graduated with a degree of Master of Applied Science – International Rural Development, with Second Class Honours, Division 1.

Ms Tungale Rose did her thesis in ‘Customary Marine Tenure in the rural Solomons.

She graduated with the degree of Master of Applied Science – International Rural Development, also with Second Class Honours, Division 1.

The degree of Master of Applied Science – International Rural Development is partly about the application of knowledge and skills in project planning and management in the developing world.

It is about critically investigating the range of mechanisms by which international rural development assistance is delivered.

In overall brief; the study covers a wide range of areas and disciplines including but not limited to: Poverty reduction strategies, Development management, Microfinance, Gender and development, Sustainable livelihoods, Development economics, Community development, Environmental impacts, Maori development, Participatory development, Tourism, Human ecology, Institutional assessment plus many other significant areas in the field of research.

In absentia, Ms Pitakere graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Soil Sciences.

According to Mr Saeni and Ms Tungale the awards were products of firm dedication and commitments.

“Success is the residue of desire,” said Mr Saeni.

“In any strive, result correlates with effort.

“How much effort one put into something is how much he/she going to get out of it,” he added.

Ms Tungale is now the Deputy Program Manager of the European Union group in the Solomon Islands.

Mr Saeni is now a Research Fellow for the Macmillan Brown Centre of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, while Ms Pitakere is a lecturer at the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education.

Source: Solomon Star

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