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SINU ground breaking commences construction of new complex


3D picture of the SINU’s new complex

A ground breaking ceremony to kick-start the SBD120-million construction of Solomons University proceeded at the Panatina campus yesterday.

Government officials and project contractors officially launched the ground breaking of Solomon Islands National University (SINU) new complex which will take about 20-24 months to complete.

The new complex will house 300-seat lecture theatres, 50-seat conference rooms, classrooms facilities for 900 people.

The new complex will also have computer labs, tutorial rooms, Media Centre, offices, Cafeteria and kitchen, bookshop, ATM, display area and student facilities and amenities.

Acting Prime Minister, Manasseh Maelanga said, ground breaking of SINU’s new complex is in line with the government’s plan to implementing its Policy statements.

With the project, Hon Maelanga said, “This ambitious building project is to be fully funded from Government’s Development Budget support to SINU.”

From left: Pro Vice Chancellor (Corporate) Mr Donald Malasa, Country Manager/Kramer Auscenco Mr Rovaly Sike, Permanent Secretary/Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development Dr. Franco Rodie, Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Basil Shelton Marasinghe, Acting Prime Minister Honourable Manaseh Maelanga, Chairman/SINU Council Honourable Dr. Culwick Togamana, Vice President CCECC and Deputy Chairman/SINU Council Dr Jack Maebuta.

He said, “The building design will utilize up to date modern building techniques and structure and will incorporate latest educational technologies within an environment conducive to interaction and learning, including facilities for disabled students.”

“It is envisaged world class education facility offers opportunity for SINU to market facilities not only local community but also wider international arena to attract international students wanting to expand learning boundaries by immersing different cultural environment.

“With its classroom facilities for 900, the complex, apart from catering for the existing students, will provide a large number of additional places to allow more students to be enrolled at the university.

Regarding the new complex country looking forward to, Maelanga said Government through Education Ministry will continue to support SINU in its mandate of meeting manpower requirements of Solomon Islands.

Hon Maelanga thanked the Acting Vice Chancellor and University’s senior management, and acknowledged the China Civil Engineering Company and wishes them success throughout construction and future completion of the project.

The celebratory event was attended by government officials, SINU’s Faculty and staffs, few alumni and students.

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