The Best University in Each Country of Oceania

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Oceania comprises the region between southeast Asia and the Americas, and includes Australia, New Zealand and other islands in the south Pacific. It is the smallest continental region, with only 36 million residents in its 3 million square miles of land. Despite its small size, Oceania is home to several prestigious colleges and universities. There are 79 universities in Australia and New Zealand alone.

In this article, TheBestSchools.org attempts to identify the best university in each country of Oceania. The largest university in the region is Australia's University of Melbourne, which was founded in 1853 by Victorian Parliament. It is the second oldest university in the country and boasts 22 faculties within 11 academic units. The University of Melbourne enrolls nearly 47,000 students from 130 countries.

Although much smaller in size and population, Fiji is home to the remarkable University of the South Pacific. The structure of this university is only found in one other institution in the world. Twelve countries jointly own this public research institution. Each country maintains a campus location, with the main campus in Laucala, Fiji.

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Divine Word University 

Madang

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One of the least explored areas left in the world, the 178,000 square miles of Papua New Guinea comprise the eastern half of the island of New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean, just north of Australia. Approximately 40 percent of the seven million citizens live self-sustainable natural lifestyles making the country one of the most rural in the world. The land is suspected to have uncontacted people groups as well. There are over 850 languages recognized throughout the land, 12 of which have no known living speakers.

Under the direction and leadership of the Divine Word Missionaries, the Divine Word University was established in 1996 by an Act of Parliament. Initially started as a secondary High School, the facility was recognized as an institute for higher education in 1980. Today, this national Catholic University maintains five campus locations with five faculties and one Postgraduate and Research Center. There are approximately 3,000 students enrolled in the various programs.

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National University of Samoa 

Apia

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The independent country of Samoa occupies the western half of the Samoan Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. Samoa itself consists of two main islands, Savai'l and Upolu, and four smaller islands, covering a total area of just over 1,000 square miles. Historically it has been held that the Lapita people settled the islands over 3,000 years ago and developed their own language and culture in the area. Today there are approximately 194,000 citizens governed under a unitary parliamentary republic with 11 administrative divisions.

The National University of Samoa is one of two institutions for higher education in the country. Founded in 1984, the academic departments and programs are organized into six faculties and two centers. Approximately 2,000 students are currently in attendance. In addition to undergraduate degree training, the University also offers technical and vocational programs. There are around 50 undergraduate programs and eight postgraduate programs available. Each program requires between three and 24 courses for completion.

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Solomon Islands National University 

Honiara

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To the east of Papua New Guinea in Oceania lays the six major islands and 900 smaller islands which comprise the Solomon Island nation. Inhabited for centuries, the 11,000 square miles were first visited by Europeans in 1568. In 1893 the land was declared a British protectorate and in 1978 the Islands declared independence. Today the 523,000 people are governed under a constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State. The majority of the nation sustains itself on fishing.

In 1984 legislation was drafted to combine the resources of five existing institutions, including the Solomon Islands Teachers College, the Public Administration Training School, and the Ranadi Marine Training School, into what is now known as the Solomon Islands National University which was formally recognized in 2012. The University maintains four campus locations, five schools, and two institutes in addition to a Distance Flexible Learning program. Certificates, Diplomas, and Bachelor's degrees are available.

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