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Port-Vila, Vanuatu – 18 August 2022: On 18 August 2022, the National University of Vanuatu (NUV) and the Vanuatu Institute of Technology (VIT) signed an agreement to support the VIT Learning Resource Center in purchasing tables, chairs and French textbooks, refurbish and equip two VIT classrooms. The two new classrooms will be co-used by the NUV and VIT learners. The agreement was possible thanks to the Fonds de Solidarité pour les projets innovants, les sociétés civiles, la francophonie et le développement humain (FSPI) between the French Embassy in Vanuatu and the NUV signed on 2 July 2022.

The implementation of the activities will be monitored by the NUV Facilities Manager and the Deputy Principal Corporate Services who is responsible for Facilities Management at VIT. For the year 2022, the amount of NUV’s contribution to carrying out the actions stated in article 1 is four million vatus (4 M VT). The agreement was signed by the NUV Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Jean-Pierre Nirua, and VIT Principal, Mr. Wade Evans.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the National University of Vanuatu, Mr. Pascal Michon, said “The National University of Vanuatu (NUV) is proud to sign this agreement with the Vanuatu Institute of Technology. We are optimizing the investment by creating a co-space that will benefit both the National University of Vanuatu and VIT. We are supporting each other development to provide a better education to people in Vanuatu”.

The Principal of VIT, Mr. Wade Evans, said “VIT is excited to sign this grant agreement. We want to respond to the needs of our students. Studies show that a good learning environment encourages students’ learning. Both VIT and NUV students will be able to benefit from those improvements”.

The development of the NUV is aligned with Vanuatu People’s Plan and the Vanuatu Education and Training Sector Strategic Plan. It is expected that new professional programs and courses will be offered in 2023 through the NUV School of Science which will complement the current offer.