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To open next month at National University of Samoa

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Oct. 28, 2011) – The dream of a cultural village being established at the National University of Samoa (NUS) is coming closer to fruition.

The first stage, a Samoan fale, is on target for completion and opening at the end of next month, according to the Vice Chancellor of NUS, Professor Leapai Asofou So’o.

Sited in the uppermost south-eastern corner of the NUS Le Papaigalagala campus alongside the football field, the fale, with an attached service centre, was the best space available, he said.

"Ideally it should be centrally situated. However this area allows space for the attached centre and at a later stage, several smaller Samoan fale will be built as well as an Administrative Centre which will house the staff from the Centre of Samoan Studies. "It also looks out over the whole campus," he said.

With plans to market these new facilities for outside functions and after hours events, the buildings also have the advantage of being far away from the lecture rooms and theatres used by staff and students who attend classes in the evenings.

The original Samoan fale built in 1997 in the centre of what was the then Institute of Higher Learning buildings, was deemed unsafe and has been partially dismantled. At the time it was built, it was considered the largest, traditional-style fale in the country.

"Until a decision is taken on how we will use that area, the original fale floor will provide an open auditorium for students, performing arts and other university activities," said Professor Leapai. According to an April report on the NUS website, the new fale is being financed by a 2.5 million tala loan and is being erected by Likisone Builders from Fagaloa.

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