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APIA, Samoa (September 8, 1997 - PACNEWS)---The new National University of Samoa was opened officially Friday by Prime Minister Tofilau Eti Alesana.

During a speech at the Apia campus, Tofilau said "it was the realization of a dream of our ancestors and past leaders of Samoa."

He expressed the gratitude of the Samoan government and people to the government Japan for having built the new institution of higher learning at a cost of $14.2 million.

The Samoan government's matching contribution totaled $3.7 million.

The new campus has two lecture halls, 42 classrooms of various sizes, and a 120-seat library.

National University of Samoa officials estimate that by the end of the year 2005, it will have 1,500 full-time students, 100 full-time academic staff, and 50 part-time lecturers and tutors.

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