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Alafua Campus celebrates Samoa Independence

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Mrs Ruby Vaa, Alafua’s Campus Director (centre); Associate Professor Mohammed Umar, SAFT Head of School (second from right), with staff and students at the March Past.

Staff and students of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Alafua Campus joined the people of Samoa and dignitaries and ambassadors from around the world to celebrate Samoa’s 55th year of Independence on 1 June 2017.

More than 70 staff and students of the Alafua Campus were at the Government Building from as early as 4am to join Government ministries, schools and organisations in the March Past to observe the first former colony in the Pacific to be given right to form its own government.

There were a range of events over the two-day national holiday declared by Samoa’s Government to allow the nation to celebrate the freedom that Samoa enjoys today.

The celebration was made even more special with the presence of the dignitaries including His Excellency Siopili Perez, Head of Tokelau, Honourable Lolo Matalasi Moliga, Governor of American Samoa and Honourable Bill English, Prime Minister of New Zealand.

His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese, the Head of State of Samoa gave the official address which was followed by the formal raising of the Samoan flag.

Mrs Ruby Vaa, Alafua Campus Director gracefully led the USP marchers as she has done so for the past few years.

Mrs Vaa thanked the staff and students for their pride in USP and for ensuring that the University was well represented at this important national event of Samoa.

This news item was published on 13 Jun 2017 12:51:50 pm. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email

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