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​New Era Begins For South Pacific Higher Education

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 February 19.

The MOU “recognizes 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 Barry Oliver, Avondale College President Ray Roennfeldt, Pacific Adventist University (PAU) Vice-chancellor Ben Thomas, Fulton College Principal Steve Currow, Mamarapha College Principal 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 education director Ken Weslake. “The signing formalizes 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 during the inaugural meeting of the SPD¹s Higher Education Committee at division headquarters in Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia.

The SPD Board of Education also affirmed a proposal for Atoifi in Solomon Islands to become a full campus of PAU.

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