The University of Newcastle, Australia

Students collect text books for Samoan students

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Ten Newcastle Business School students have collected text books to donate to the National University of Samoa.

In September 2015, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) funded a group of ten undergraduate Newcastle Business School students on an Immersion Study tour to Samoa, through a New Colombo Project grant.

The students and staff visited a number of businesses in Samoa and gained a valuable insight into the opportunities and challenges of doing business with our developing economy neighbours in the Pacific.

An important component of the experience involved the students interacting with students and staff at the National University of Samoa (NUS) through lectures and presentations. On a visit to NUS’s library, the students were made aware of the resource constraints faced by NUS and decided that, on their return, they would collect business text books to donate to NUS.

The resulting collection totalled 11 boxes of text books, with an estimated value of $10,000 and the Newcastle Business School’s Dr Michael Seamer and Donna Reedy visited the Samoa Consulate in Sydney to deliver the books for transport to NUS in Apia. The Samoa Consul General, Fonoti Manogiamanu Etuale Loane, expressed his deep gratitude for the student’s generosity and commented that the text books will make a real difference to students studying business in Samoa’s national university. It is hoped that the Newcastle Business School will continue to build relationships with NUS and plans to take another group of students to Samoa in 2017.

Many thanks to these students and staff for taking up this initiative, it is a great outcome achieved with the help of DFAT funding.

Samoa donation

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