As you browse through our page, I want to welcome you to the DFL team. We have come a long way with so many challenges while we navigate and direct our future; and the achievements we had that we must build from. In 2020, the effect of COVID-19 has really affected the entire University and the distance mode has felt the effect which affected most of our activities.
Let us hope that the shadow of the pandemic will pass soon to clear the way for all of us so that we could continue with our endeavors where we all could achieve what we wanted. This will help us contribute meaningfully to the development of our beautiful country. If we have to take the lead to drive our nation forward, it is this time that we do that.
A good news for of all of is, the popular University Preparatory Certificates (UPC) 1, 2, 3 and 4 are now been approved by the Senate in 2020. The UPC 1 and 2 will be responsible for by the Center while the UPC 3 and 4 will be housed under the University Preparatory College. However, the Center for DFL will continue to deliver the UPC 3 in the three (3) different streams, the Arts, Business and Science.
The other programs are the Diploma in Youth Development (DYD), the Certificate in Tropical Agriculture (CTA), the Certificate in Primary Teaching (CIP), the Certificate in Business Entrepreneurship (CBE), and the Diploma in Business Entrepreneurship (DBE).
This year, there are projects which the Centre is working on for the University management to consider for 2021. This project will increase the access and quality in terms of teaching and learning in selected study centers as trials, to see how effective and relevant the technology is for this country.
The global pandemic has redirected the National University in so many ways. One is creating and converting more of its programs to the distance and flexible learning, and the online learning modes.
In 2020 the National University has two (2) Permanent Centers; one in Munda, Western Province and the other in Buala, Isabel Province. The National University has also established fourteen (13) study centers across the country, they are:
- Nila, Shortland Island
- Gizo, Western Province
- Noro, Western Province
- Taro, Choiseul Province
- Wagina, Choiseul Province
- Afio, South Malaita
- Auki, Malaita Province
- Malu’u, North Malaita
- Lata, Temotu Province
- Burns Creek, East Honiara
- Nguvia CHS, East Guadalcanal
- Lomolom, Reef Islands
- Poitete, Kolombangara Island
Couple of study centers are tricky in the sense that transportation to come to the study center is difficult. Therefore, this year the Center is looking at ways to provide the access with less difficulties.
It is challenging and very expensive to go right down to the people where citizens can access the university programs, however, the partnership that was forged with our partners and stakeholders is helping easing some of the financial burdens that should have been borne by fee payers and the National University.
This year the University Distance mode is pursuing the opening of study centers in the following provinces:
- Central Province, Tulagi
- Makira Ulawa Province, Kirakira
- Guadalcanal Province, East and West of the capital Honiara
Education delivery is undoubtedly very expensive in our country, therefore, it is our hope as a National University that other provincial governments and church authorities will give a helping hand to continue the good work they had been doing since the early days of Christianity and as co-owners (Provincial Governments) of the only National University in Solomon Islands. This will assist us, to extend the arms of the national university in educating the people of this nation, wide and far.
The Center for Distance and Flexible Learning is the administration arm of the five (5) Faculties of the National University in taking their flexible programs closer to the people of Solomon Islands. The Faculties are:
- Faculty of Education & Humanities,
- Faculty of Business & Management,
- Faculty of Nursing & Allied Health Sciences,
- Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and
- Faculty of Science and Technology.
In the higher qualification programs, we have:
- Certificate in Primary Teaching (12 units), Faculty of Education and Humanities
- Certificate in Tropical Agriculture (10 units), Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
- Certificate in Business Entrepreneurship (8 units). This program is part of the Degree program given to the Faculty of Business Management by the Commonwealth of Learning.
- Diploma in Business Entrepreneurship (16 units). This program is also part of the Degree program given to the Faculty of Business Management by the Commonwealth of Learning.
- Diploma in Youth Development. This program has 13 units of study. This program was also given to the University, particularly Faculty of Education and Humanities by the Commonwealth of Learning.
It is important that you understand flexible learning. The Programs that are offered by the flexible mode are the same programs offered by Faculties on-campus through the face-to-face mode. The only difference is the mode of delivery. Therefore, to think that flexible mode programs are lower standard quality programs is a total denial of the place of Open and Distance Learning in educating the global citizens who cannot go on campus for different personal reasons. Today, it is the ODL mode that is providing the much needed human resources throughout the world. As a global member, SINU is responsible to adopt the ODL mode in delivering its programs to the citizens of this nation and the region. This service will be extended to our Pacific neighbors when the University is ready with its online learning platform.
And as we always say, “when you choose to study with SINU and become a student, you are not only becoming a student but a family member of our national university where we care for each other”. The Solomon Islands National University strongly believes in the future and the desire you have; therefore, whether through conventional (face-to-face) or the flexible mode, we are prepared in working together with you to achieve your aspiration in higher education and skills training.
Hence, if you are thinking about your future, think Solomon Islands National University.
Manager of Centre
Mr. Martin Otto
Before joining the university in late 2014, Martin was with the University of Goroka working as the Executive Officer and was responsible for Learner and Center Support at the Institute of Distance and Flexible Learning. Prior to joining the University of Goroka, he was working as a Temporary Coordinator for the UPNG Open College at Kainantu Secondary School, Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province, PNG, while serving as the Head of Science Department at the Secondary School.