Japan Donates USD$16 Million to Boost NUS Faculty of Health Science

"I wish to thank the Government and the People of Japan for this generous assistance through the building of a new library and health science facilities for the training of Samoa’s health workers now and into the future."

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Photos by Government of Samoa: Peseta Tusiga Taofiga.

Notes to formalize Japan’s assistance of close to US$16 million were signed and exchanged on Saturday 10 February 2024 between Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Fiame Naomi Mata’afa and Japan’s Foreign Minister, H.E Ms. Kamikawa Yoko.

The official visit by the Foreign Minister of Japan has marked another significant step forward in the bilateral relations between the two countries based on mutual respect and shared interests and values.

Photos by Government of Samoa: Peseta Tusiga Taofiga.

The Exchange of Notes confirms a grant valued at 2,401,000,000 JPY (approximately 16,000,000 USD) that will enable the construction of a three storey building for the National University of Samoa’s Faculty of Health Science and provide practical training equipment and materials to support the delivery of the University’s medical programmes.

The new infrastructure will include a Learning Resource Centre and a Library through a project to be implemented by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The project will address the need for better higher education facilities to cater for the growth of the NUS Medical School together with the move by NUS to expand its programmes to courses in allied health and other health related programmesPublished verbatim are remarks by Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa acknowledging the Government of Japans’ generosity).
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Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa acknowledged the Government of Japans’ generosity.

Photos by Government of Samoa: Peseta Tusiga Taofiga.

“On behalf of the Government and the people of Samoa and the National University of Samoa, I wish to thank the Government and the People of Japan for this generous assistance through the building of a new library and health science facilities for the training of Samoa’s health workers now and into the future.”

The National University of Samoa initially requested the Government of Japan to build a Learning Resource Center. The measles epidemic of 2019 to which Japan provided a medical team and the outbreak of COVID 19 soon after, resulted in a shift in priorities towards the training of health workers particularly in the fields of health surveillance, public health, immunization and health promotion.

The Government of Japan agreed to the construction of the Faculty of Health Sciences and a library for the NUS under its Grant aid.

The facilities will feature the largest lecture theatre on the campus with 300 seats, five tutorial rooms, simulation and research laboratories, server rooms as well as staff offices.

The Faculty of Health Sciences at the National University of Samoa accounts for 14% of the overall enrolment of about 3,600 per year.

It trains an average of 70 registered nurses and 6 medical doctors a year.

The National University of Samoa aims to increase its training capacity for more health workers both from Samoa and the Pacific region to address the acute workforce shortages both locally and regionally.

“The signing of the Exchange of Notes today is another milestone in our strengthened cooperation towards sustainable development,” concluded Fiame.

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