SOLOMONS STILL CONSIDERING ‘CORNELL UNIVERSITY’

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp. Feb. 26) – The National Education Board is yet to consider the application of Cornell University-Solomon Islands for a license to operate in the Solomons.

A member of the National Education Board, Dr Derick Sikua, the Education Permanent Secretary, says the board at its last meeting, in late 2004, deferred its consideration on the matter because new information about Cornell University had came up.

Dr Sikua says the board felt it had insufficient information about the proposed institution at that time, and when additional information had emerged it felt it proper to postpone deliberations on it until it is satisfied with the information it has on the University.

He says the first meeting of the National Education Board will be held towards the end of April when the board will consider the application.

Dr Sikua explains the board's decision is subjected to approval by the Minister for Education who will then endorse it.

He says the Foreign Investment Board had given a certificate of approval to the proposed Cornell University, but it is subjected to the consideration of the National Education Board.

A representative from Cornell University-Solomon Islands earlier told SIBC News that the University is being set up by Peter Do, founder of Uniworld which owns two colleges and a high school in Australia.

He said Uniworld is fully licensed by the Australian government and courses offered by Uniworld institutions are registered and accredited by a number of accreditation, educational and professional bodies in Australia.

He said Cornell was to have started its diploma level courses in Business and economic studies by the beginning of this year, with around 600 students, 20 percent of them to come from countries in Asia.

March 1, 2005

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp.: http://www.sibconline.com.sb/

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