Wahroonga, New South Wales
The South Pacific Division’s (SPD) Board of Education has accepted a proposal for Atoifi Adventist College of Nursing to become a full campus of Pacific Adventist University (PAU).
Given PAU’s strong reputation for the nursing program in PNG, it is well placed to bringing this same success to the Solomon Islands.
The Board affirmed the proposal for the establishment of a second PAU campus on Wednesday during a meeting at Division headquarters in Wahroonga, New South Wales.
“Given PAU’s strong reputation for the nursing program in Papua New Guinea, it is well placed to bringing this same success to the Solomon Islands,” says PAU vice-chancellor Prof Ben Thomas.
The new PAU campus at Atoifi, located on island of Malaita, will offer the Bachelor of Nursing curriculum currently delivered at the Koiari Park institute in PNG.
Atoifi currently receives between 400 to 800 applications annually, but is only able to offer approximately 20 placements each year. Prof Thomas says the establishment of a Bachelors program will allow the school to double its intake by 2018.
The proposal already has the endorsement of the local church mission. The Solomon Islands government, which indicated last year Atoifi would lose its self-accredited status under the forthcoming Higher Education Act, has also voiced its support.
Prof Thomas said he is “very excited” not just at the prospect of catering for more students, but also “the opportunities this new venture brings for fulfilling our mission in this Division”.
“It is through their personal relationship with Jesus that the nurses trained at Atoifi reach out to the people of the Pacific and provide holistic healing, physically, mentally and spiritually.”
The proposal will be presented to PAU Council for approval on March 26, then to the General Conference International Board of Education on March 31.