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Samoa is a small state of the Commonwealth, with a population of over 222,000 (World Bank, 2022).

COL’s current work in Samoa is in the areas of skills for work, technology-enabled learning and tertiary education through the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) network. Learners from Samoa are also participating in COL’s free, open online courses and benefitting from other available resources.


  • Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Prime Minister of Samoa delivered the Inaugural Address and participated at PCF10.
  • 216 teachers from Samoa trained to provide effective learner support in ODFL contexts.
  • Active TVET Project with the National University of Samoa
  • Development of online learning resources for teachers: ODL Course Catalogue, National OER Collection Site and Online TVET Toolkit


Partnerships are fundamental to COL’s work. Strategic partnerships allow COL to broaden its reach and engage at global, regional and national levels, while implementation partners support COL’s work in communities and institutions across Commonwealth Member States. Partners include multilateral organisations, regional bodies, national governments, government agencies, foundations, civil society organisations, public and private (not-for-profit) institutions and the private sector. COL partnerships assist in improving and extending teaching and learning services to people in the developing Commonwealth.

COL’s partners in Samoa include:

  • Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture
  • Matuaileoo Environment Trust Inc.
  • National University of Samoa (NUS)
  • Samoa Qualifications Authority
  • USP Alafua Campus

Key Contacts

Focal Point

Muagututi’a Dr Ioana Chan Mow
Professor, Computing Education
National University of Samoa

Notable Mention

The Honourable Fiamé Naomi Mata’afa
COL Honorary Fellow and former member of COL Board of Governors

Letuimanu’asina Dr Emma Kruse Va’ai, former member of COL Board of Governors

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