Since 1977 Alafua Campus was the Agricultural Campus of the University, with the School of Agriculture (SOA) now School of Agriculture and Food Technology(SAFT) and the Institute for Research, Extension and Training in Agriculture (IRETA) being the only units operating out of Alafua Campus.
In 1998 the USP Samoa Centre which had been in existence in Samoa since 1976, relocated from the Education Compound in Malifa, to its new home at Alafua Campus.
In 2005 a restructure resulted in SAFT and IRETA combined under the Faculty of Islands and Oceans (FIO), and all administrative functions were merged under the Campus Director, through to on-site Campus Manager.
In 2009, IRETA was reinstated as a separate unit but continued operations under the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) while still working closely with SAFT on research matters.
In 2010, IRETA took over the management of the Alafua farm and provided assistance to SAFT in facilitating student practical work.
All DFL programmes offered by the university and accessible through the Samoa Centre have continued to be available and supported through the Student Academic Services and Campus Life sections.
Alafua Campus now offers Agriculture teaching Face-to-Face, and DFL programmes of the rest of FBE schools as well as for the Faculty of Arts and Law (FAL) and Faculty of Science, Technology and environment (FSTE).
Samoa "The heart of Polynesia" is a small country with an estimated population of 180,000 people, most of whom are Polynesians. It is made up of seven islands with, an area of 2,944 km2. The two biggest islands are Savai'i and Upolu. What makes Samoa unique from other countries is the fact that it is the last country in the world to see the sun everyday. It was also the first Pacific Island nation to gain independence in 1962. Samoa is headed by a Head of State, Tama-Aiga, His Highness Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi and has a legislative assembly, which is made up of 49 members. The current party in power is the Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP), which is lead by Prime Minister Honourable Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi.
Samoans are proud of their culture especially their art which includes their Tatau (Tattoo for men) and the Malu (Tattoo for females) wood carving, printed material made from bark of a tree as well as the finemats made from the pandanus leaves. Samoa is famous in sports, particularly rugby, with its Manu Samoa team, known worldwide.
The country's motto "SAMOA IS FOUNDED ON GOD" signifies Samoans as religious people.
Its economy is dependent on remittances from family members living overseas as well as aid money from overseas countries, tourism, fish exports as well as agricultural produce including kava and noni. Multiple cropping is the main form of agriculture with very few farmers actually operating on a commercial basis.
Education is very important in Samoa and is compulsory. The importance of education can be seen not only in the number of students who attend school, but also by the number of schools in the country. For a small country, Samoa has two universities the National University of Samoa, which belongs to the government, and the University of the South Pacific.
For more information about Samoa please visit the Samoa Tourism Authority’s website on www.visitsamoa.ws