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Waikato University launches Pacific Studies

30 May 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Ruci Farrell - ruci.farrell@pmn.co.nz

The University of Waikato has launched an ambitious Pacific Plan to raise the achievements and profile of its Pacific students, researchers and staff.

The Pacific Plan launch at the University of Waikato. Photo/ Aupito William Sio.

This year Waikato introduced a new major in Pacific and Indigenous Studies and is in the process of appointing an Assistant Vice Chancellor Pacific.

Leading Pacific psychologist Dr Byron Malaela Sotiata Seiuli says the Pacific Plan provides a brand Pacific students and academic staff will warm to.

Dr Seiuli is part of the university's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and says Waikato is well-placed to raise the academic outcomes for Pacific students and staff.

He says part of the Pacific Plan is about providing a Pacific identity within the University of Waikato for Pacific students.

"It's about increasing the recruitment and the retention of Pacific students so they can access courses that are of high standards given that Waikato is in the top one percent of universities worldwide," he says.

Part of the seven point plan will see Waikato piloting a programme in partnership with two other tertiary institutions and the Tertiary Education Commission.

The Pacific Plan launch at the University of Waikato. Photo/ Aupito William Sio.

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