Faculty of Education and Humanities successfully staged 2024 orientation

This morning, the Faculty of Education and Humanities conducted an orientation program for both its students and staff. The event took place at the Panatina Campus Lecture Theatre, commencing at 10:00 am. Delivering the keynote address was Professor Transform Aqorau, the Vice Chancellor (VC) of the Solomon Islands National University (SINU). In his speech, Professor Aqorau emphasized the essential role that the faculty plays in fostering the cycle of learning and development for both students and staff. SINU VC Prof.Aqorau identified and highlighted six key initiatives as the way forward to enhance the quality of students entering the university.
β€œAs we embark on the journey of shaping the future of education in the Solomon Islands, it is imperative that we recognise the symbiotic relationship between the quality of teachers trained at SINU and the calibre of students who eventually progress to higher education and the workforce.”
β€œThe Faculty of Education and Humanities, particularly the School of Education, plays a pivotal role in this cycle of learning and development.”
β€œTo address this challenge and enhance the quality of students entering the university and the workforce, the faculty can undertake the following initiatives: Strengthen Teacher Training Programs, Focus on Continuous Professional Development, Enhance Collaboration with Schools, Promote Active Learning and Critical Thinking Encouraging active learning and critical thinking in teacher training programs can help future educators develop these skills in their students, Integrate Technology in Education, and Address Socio-Economic Barriers.”
β€œBy addressing these challenges, the Faculty of Education and Humanities at SINU can play a crucial role in improving the quality of students who progress through the education system and enter the university and the workplace.”
β€œIt is through this concerted effort that we can ensure a brighter future for our nation and its citizens.”
The VC also extended his heartfelt encouragement and support to students where he said their decision to pursue university education is a significant step towards realising their dreams and shaping a brighter future for themselves and the nation.
With that, the VC said University life is a unique and transformative experience that offers a wealth of opportunities for personal and academic growth.
β€œTo make the most of your time at SINU, I urge you to embrace the following: Stay Curious, Engage Actively, Seek Support, Manage Your Time Wisely, Stay Resilient, and Give Back.”
The VC also reminded students that their time at SINU is not just about earning a degree; it’s about discovering their passions, developing their potential, and preparing to make a meaningful difference in the world.
He then urged students to embrace this journey with enthusiasm and determination where he said he has no doubt that they will achieve great things.
The VC also take time to appreciates his colleagues at the faculty for shaping the minds and futures of the next generation. β€œI want to take this moment to extend my deepest appreciation and encouragement to each one of you.”
β€œThe role you play as educators and mentors at the University is not just a job; it is a profound responsibility and a noble calling”
In the meantime, the Dean of the Faculty of Education and Humanities Dr. Patricia Rodie thanked the VC for gracing the orientation event.
β€œThank you for gracing our orientation event this morning and for addressing our Faculty Staff and students with those key messages.”
β€œIndeed our School of Education plays a pivotal role in shaping the future thought-leaders of our country through the students they teach in Schools.”
β€œWe feel inspired and challenged through your speech and will do all we can to address areas that are still lacking in the development and delivery of programmes through our two Schools.”
β€œOnce again thank you for your timely address to our staff and students.”