Talofa lava and welcome to the Alafua Campus of the University of the South Pacific in Samoa.
The Alafua Campus was originally the South Pacific Regional College of Tropical Agriculture, established with New Zealand Assistance in the early 1960s under the Colombo Plan. In 1977, the Government of Samoa leased the campus to the University of the South Pacific.
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).