The Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi received a very special visitor on Monday evening.
He and the Masiofo, Her Highness Filifilia Tamasese welcomed the Pro Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences at the University of Otago (U.o.O.) and the Dean of the Otago Medical School, Professor Crampton, to their residence at Tuaefu.
The Professor is in Samoa with a delegation from the University of Otago on invitation from the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.).
He is here as part of the existing Memorandum of Understanding (M.o.U.) between the U.o.O. and the N.U.S. to strengthen its relationship with the Faculty of Medicine (F.O.M.) and support not only its MBBS undergraduate programme but the development of the local health workforce through capacity building by supporting possible postgraduate medical programmes to be delivered through the F.O.M. of N.U.S.
The University of Otago, has a long and strong relationship with the National University of Samoa and is committed to supporting Samoa in teaching and developing research collaborations between the two institutions.
Samoa and its F.O.M. have aspirations to produce a quality medical work force not only to provide for our own needs right here in Samoa but also to assist the Pacific region in this need both by providing robust undergraduate and postgraduate medical training programmes.