Vanuatu and Pacific Adventist University sign MOU to strengthen nursing education

PAU vice-chancellor Professor Lohi Matainaho with Health Minister John Still.

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The Vanuatu Ministry of Health and Pacific Adventist University (PAU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Friday, April 26, to accept 10 Vanuatu students each year.

The MOU established a formal commitment to enhance nursing education through collaboration between Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

Vanuatu Minister of Health John Still expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, “This MOU not only strengthens the bond between our countries but also fosters a strong network of nursing and midwifery training.”

“We can now move hand-in-hand to advance education in the health sector. I am deeply grateful to PAU for answering our wan salwata wantok (island family) by allowing Vanuatu students to pursue their education in your beautiful country,” added Mr Still.

Vanuatu, a small island nation with a population of just over 310,000, is facing a critical shortage of healthcare workers. The MOU aims to address this gap by producing nurses equipped to serve in remote areas, fostering self-reliance and strengthening Vanuatu’s healthcare system.

PAU is recognised for its nursing program, which has historically contributed to the healthcare sector in Vanuatu, positioning it as a fitting partner for the initiative.

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