Prior to the establishment of Solomon Islands National University in 2013, most of the training needs of Solomon Islands were met by various training institutions established by the government and administered by responsible ministries. Some of these training schools existed before Solomon Islands gained its independence in 1978.
In 1984, an Act of Parliament called "Solomon Islands College of Higher Education Act" was passed. This Act pooled all the existing schools that were under the government to form a new institution called the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education (SICHE) until 1st January 2013 when Solomon Islands National University was incepted by Act of Parliament. These schools taught by SICHE were Solomon Islands Teachers College, Public Administration Training School, Ranadi Marine Training School, Honiara Nursing Training school, and Honiara Technical Institute. These schools formed the basis for the establishment of the schools: School of Education, School of Finance & Administration, School of Marine & Fisheries Studies, School Nursing and Health Studies, School of Industrial Development and School of Natural Resources.
In 2008, the need to diversify the training scope was realized by the government which gave rise to the need to amend the Solomon Islands Act in 2008 to include the School of Tourism and Hospitality and any other schools the College sees fit. This amendment had made way for the establishment of the School of Humanities, Science & Media.
The above schools formed the basis for the establishment of the schools: School of Education and Humanities (SOEH), School of Business and Management (SBM), School of Technology and Maritime Studies (STMS), School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences (SNAHS) and School of Natural Resources and Applied Sciences (SNRAS).
Solomon Islands National University (SINU) was incepted in January 2013 after a bill for its inception was passed in parliament in late 2012. SINU now has five faculties namely Faculty of Business & Tourism Studies, Faculty of Science & Technology, Faculty of Nursing, Medicine & Health Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry and Faculty of Education & Humanities.
SINU has three campuses, which include Kukum, Ranadi and Panatina campuses.
A quality National University, raising standards of education and applied research in the Pacific region.
Championing the pursuit of knowledge, skills, academic inquiry and applied research to transform lives through higher education and training, inclusive of diverse communities, while providing relevant solutions for the Solomon Islands.
To achieve its Vision and Mission, the Solomon Islands National University will be guided by the following principles:
- Excellence and Quality: SINU is committed to providing excellent and high-quality teaching, learning, skills training, and research;
- Innovativeness: SINU will encourage and promote creative ideas and solutions to existing and new challenges;
- Relevance: SINU will be committed to providing relevant teaching, learning, skills, training and research that meets diverse community needs at present and in the future;
- Accessibility: SINU will be easily accessible regardless of physical, political, gender, ethnic, religious or other differences;
- Collegiality: SINU highly values mutual respect that encourages a sense of community.
Faculty and Departments
The Faculty and Departments that define the function of the University.
The academic aspect of the university is the Faculty and School of the university. They are as follows:
Faculty of Business & Tourism Studies
Faculty of Science & Technology
Faculty of Nursing, Medicine & Health Sciences
Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries
Faculty of Education & Humanities
Distance & Flexible Learning
Support Services departments are responsible for providing support services for staff and students of the university. They include:
- University Library
- Business Investment & Commercial Services
- Information & Communications Technology Department
- Property & Campus Management Department