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Students participate in the 'virtual classroom' at Sonoma school of business


PORT MORESBY - Last Friday, the dream of virtual learning became reality when two schools of business in Papua New Guinea were connected by video conferencing.

The schools at Sonoma Adventist College and Pacific Adventist University adopted video conferencing after Dr Khin Maung Kyi of PAU received funding from the South Pacific Division of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

A donation of more than K250,000 was provided to purchase equipment and Douglas Rinny, an information technology specialist from PAU, recently came to Sonoma College to install the equipment to enable video conferencing.

The launch linking the two business schools occurred in the presence of students and staff with Dr Khin speaking about the opportunities available through modern technology to make learning more accessible and user-friendly.

The virtual link will allow a new subject, Principles in Entrepreneurship, to be taught from Pacific Adventist University and made available at Sonoma.

The subject is offered to enhance the PNG government’s Vision 2050, designed to empower people to promote entrepreneurship and create wealth.

Facilitator Roboam Kakap will lecture from PAU through video conferencing and lecturer Stephen Biliai will be on the ground at Sonoma Adventist College to coordinate the new program.

The technology will also facilitate the contribution of overseas guest lecturers. The event opened the door for Sonoma Adventist College to be a school of the future.


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