New era begins for Adventist higher education

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Wahroonga, New South Wales

A new phase in the strategic development of Adventist post-secondary education has begun, with leaders of the South Pacific Division’s (SPD) accredited higher education providers signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Wednesday.

The MOU is the first of its kind for the Adventist Church in the South Pacific. The signing formalises the working relationship between our higher education institutes and their willingness to support one another moving forward.

The MOU “recognises the value of working together for the advantage of the students and staff, the support of each institution, and the benefit of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific region”.

Signatories of the document included SPD president Dr Barry Oliver, Avondale College of Higher Education president Prof Ray Roennfeldt, Pacific Adventist University (PAU) vice-chancellor Prof Ben Thomas, Fulton College principal Dr Steve Currow, Mamarapha College principal Pastor David Fletcher and Atoifi Adventist College of Nursing principal Humpress Harrington.

Joe Ponduk, Education director for the Papua New Guinea Union Mission, signed the MOU on behalf of Sonoma College principal Isako Esekia, who was unable to attend.
 

“The MOU is the first of its kind for the Adventist Church in the South Pacific,” said Adventist Education director Ken Weslake. “The signing formalises the working relationship between our higher education institutes and their willingness to support one another moving forward.”

The period of the MOU is five years, with the duration and scope able to be extended by mutual consent.

The document was signed on Wednesday afternoon during the inaugural meeting of the Division’s Higher Education Committee at SPD headquarters in Wahroonga, New South Wales.

On Wednesday, the SPD Board of Education also affirmed a proposal for Atoifi in Solomon Islands to become a full campus of PAU.