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APIA, Samoa (August 10, 2002 - Samoa Observer)---A delegation from the Christchurch College of Education met with senior staff of the National University of Samoa in Apia recently in efforts to further develop educational cooperation.

Christchurch College of Education principal Ian Hall and the Director of the School of Secondary Education, Ross Tasker, visited Samoa following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions.

"This is not just a piece of paper like so many agreements of this sort," said National University of Samoa Vice Chancellor Magele Tafafunai Mauiliua.

"We are determined to make sure that it will be based on outputs that will strengthen and promote both institutions."

Said Hall: "The face of the future is collaboration and cooperation and the way technology is working makes these things feasible.

"I am here to signal my willingness to explore ways we can do things to our mutual advantage."

These ways, he said, could include student and staff exchanges as well as collaborative teaching using video and audio conferencing.

"Developments (educational) in New Zealand and Samoa are very similar, where we are moving to increase skill levels and raise qualifications.

"I am really impressed by the clarity of vision of the university and the decisions your government is making. There is also a similarity between our institutions in that we are both quite small," he noted.

Christchurch College of Education has around 3,000 students. Most are studying for primary and secondary teacher qualifications.

However, the college has diversified over the years.

It now includes a School of Business Education, a School of Professional Development, Performing Arts Education and Sport Coaching Education.

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