Prime Minister Charlot Salwai told pro-chancellor and vice chancellor of University of South Pacific based in Suva Fiji that he wants to see more studies for Ni-Vanuatu students in their soil. Mr Salwai said at the moment, local students can only get law studies at Emalus Campus but Vanuatu has already a good number of lawyers. He said that he wants to see if USP can provide studies in engineering and other sectors to feed the current priority needs of the country. Mr Salwai said that currently Vanuatu is developing its infrastructure such wharf, roads and airports but there is a lack of local engineers. "We have only 7 engineers at the moment," he said. He said that country need more technical students to come back and contribute to development of their country. He said that USP is the organization that each year, government has to table its budget in parliament compare to other regional and international organizations. Mr Salwai told the USP's chancellors that Vanuatu has committed and will continue its financial support to this regional organization but want more studies at Amalus Campus and not only the law studies. Mr Salwai said government is putting over 600 million vatu per years for its students to study in Fiji, New Caledonia and other regional countries but the rate of failure is high. Prime Minister Salwai said that is one the main reason why he wants Ni-Vanuatu to study at Emalus Campus. He gave the example of the Ni-Vanuatu students who are currently studying at french university of Port Vila, AUF. He said the rate of successes is over 80% and it is because they stay in their country and they have continuous support of their families in their studies.
Mr Salwai also presented an amount of 11 million vatu the USP chancellors to help the running of PacLII.