The Solomon Islands National University (SINU) Vice Chancellor, Professor Transform Aqorau, along with the university's executive management, recently held a meeting with His Excellency Omar Shehadeh, the Envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), at the SINU Kukum Campus.

This meeting marked a significant step in exploring and establishing potential collaborative ventures between SINU and the UAE, with a strong focus on sustainable development, and clean energy.

During the Meeting, Professor Aqorau presented a proposal for the development of a Center for Clean Energy at SINU. He emphasised that the Center would be a groundbreaking initiative, poised to lead the Solomon Islands into a future powered by sustainable energy.

The envisioned multidisciplinary center aims to become a hub for pioneering research, education, and collaborative partnerships in the realm of clean energy technologies, seeking to revolutionise the nation's energy landscape.

Professor Aqorau elaborated on the Center's strategic intent to conduct innovative research in key renewable energy areas such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass technologies. These efforts are designed to produce sustainable solutions that are in harmony with the unique environmental and societal needs of the Solomon Islands. He underscored the significance of comprehensive educational programs and training initiatives within the Center's framework, which are crucial for nurturing local expertise and supporting the sector’s growth.

Highlighting the importance of strategic partnerships, Professor Aqorau expressed the university's aspiration to forge strong alliances with the UAE, as well as with local entities such as the Ministry of Mines, Minerals, and Energy, Solomon Power, and Solomon Islands Clean Energy.

He pointed out that these collaborations are essential for the Center's operations, facilitating the integration of government, industry, and international organizations' efforts to boost clean energy adoption.

Professor Aqorau articulated the Center’s commitment to community engagement, stressing that the benefits of clean energy should be inclusive and resonate with the local aspirations and values.

He concluded by stating that the establishment of the Center for Clean Energy would be a significant milestone in the Solomon Islands' journey towards sustainable development, demonstrating SINU’s dedication to leveraging clean energy for a brighter, more resilient future.

The meeting with H.E Omar Shehadeh thus represents a promising avenue for cultivating synergies and advancing clean energy initiatives, aligning with both SINU’s and the UAE’s commitment to sustainable environmental and economic progress.


Source: Press Release, SINU