This Fisheries Studies program is developed to meet the growing need of the fisheries industry in the Solomon Islands. Following a Fisheries training needs assessment (TNA) conducted in 2012 /2013, The Solomon Islands National University (SINU) developed courses in fisheries studies to meet the needs identified in the various fisheries sub-sectors in the country. The TNA shows that fisheries being one of the major revenue earners of the country needs well-educated fisheries professionals in senior positions in the industry to manage the many fisheries developments and issues faced such as managing fish stock at a sustainable level, creating policies and regulations at the national and regional level, developing fisheries economic projects for communities and getting the maximum benefit for the county's fish either for the man in the village putting fish on the table or for export. The program is exciting and presents career opportunities for many aspiring young people.
The program comprises of three levels of learning: Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor of Fisheries Studies. Students enrolling at the Certificate level can progress to the Diploma level, and students enrolling at the Diploma level can progress to the Bachelor level. To progress to higher levels of
learning, students must have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 and above, at their current levels. If students enrolling at the Certificate and Diploma levels do not meet the required GPA at the end of their respective studies, they will be required to have 2 years industrial experience to be eligible for admission into a higher-level program (i.e., Diploma or Bachelor, as the case may be).
- Program Duration
The Certificate in fisheries studies program is of one-year duration, the Diploma is two, and the Bachelor four years. Courses in all programs are delivered in semester blocks, of sixteen weeks per semester.
- Course Delivery
The courses are delivered on a semester basis, with classes starting at 8.00 am, each day, from Monday to Friday. Delivery of the courses includes lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, field trips, research-based activities and other forms of training such as group discussions, workshops involving visiting scholars and experts in various fields, including fishery, marine, aquaculture, environmental, policy, and any other resource-related fields. The Departmental engages in collaborative work with stakeholders, including teaching and research, fr which all students are encouraged to participate. Research and practical laboratory works are strong components of the courses offered.
Head of Department
Dr. Kofi Otumawu-Apreku
Key Qualifications of Head of Department
Ph.D. (Economics), University of Adelaide, Australia
Master of Economics (MEc), University of Adelaide, Australia
Master of Business Administration (MBA), Lincoln University, Missouri, USA
MSc. (Econ/Stats), Odessa State University, Ukraine
Major field of specialization in Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, with a focus in marine resources. Other primary fields include Applied Microeconomics; Econometrics; Applied Statistics; and Banking & Finance.
Current teaching areas include Bio-economic modelling; Economics of Fisheries Management; Biostatics; and Mathematics.
Major research interest is in fisheries, marine resource management, and efficiency analysis [in marine resources], with a current research focus in fisheries, food security, marine resource and environmental management.