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Logo and motto of Lo’au University:

The dark and red are the main two colours of ancient Tongan society. Gold is the colour of classical Western, Eastern and world civilizations, and the golden garland is a symbol of Greek and Roman civilizations. ‘Alofi, ’Roundness’, is a common shape in ancient Tongan culture and arts. Kumete, ’kava-bowl’, is a symbol of the ancient Ha’a Lo’au, ‘Lo’au Lineage’. The two kalia, ’double hulled canoes’, and Ha’amonga-‘a-Maui Motu’a, ’Ha’amonga Trilithon’, are symbols of the ancient Tu’i Tonga Empire during the time of the Lo’au Lineage between the 10th and 17th centuries. The motto of Toka-‘i-Ma’ananga, ‘Omnipresence-in-Ma’ananga’, points to the profound knowledge, and wisdom, of Lo’au Lineage to forecast any upcoming event and activity in ancient Tongan society generally. 

Patron of Lo'au University

HRH Princess Salote Mafile'o Pilolevu Tuita

Loau Universitys Patron

 

Heilala RipeFalahola Vunga

 

 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND FOUNDERS OF LO'AU UNIVERSITY

 

Chancellor Professor 'Inoke Fotu Hu'akau

Professor Inoke Huakau

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sitaleki 'Ata'ata Finau

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Dean Professor Siosiua F.P.Lafitani (a.k.a. Tofua'ipangai) 

Professor Siosiua Lafitani Loau University

Member Kelepi Seuli Mafi

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Member Professor Malakai Koloamatangi

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Chief Technology-Financial Officer Professor 'Ilaiasi Tupou 'Ofa

Professor Ilaiasi Ofa Loau university web

*  New Board Members are Lu'isa Latukefu and Holosini Uata.

Senate (Lecturers, Researchers and Supervisors):

  1. Professor Tevita O. Ka’ili of BYU in Hawaii (Anthropologist, Senior Lecturer and Senior Supervisor of Lo’au University)
  2. Uilou Samani (Ecologist, and PhD Scholar and Lecturer of Lo’au University, Tonga)
  3. Dr Luciane Fangalua of Independent Trust Company of America, Salt Lake City, Utah (Senior Analyst, and Lecturer of Lo’au University)
  4. Mr ‘Alifaleti Fonua of Department of Education in Tonga (Senor Officer, and Assistant Lecturer in Tongan dance and PhD Scholar of Lo’au University)
  5. Mrs Luseane Tuita-Nakao Lafitani of Canberra, Australia (Social Worker, and Assistant Lecturer and MA Candidate of Lo’au University)
  6. Mr Penitiketo Tafi ‘Uhatafe, Department of Finance and Planning, Nuku’alofa, Tonga (Economist, and Assistant Lecturer and PhD Scholar of Lo’au University)
  7. Dr Lea Lani (Kinikini) Kauvaka, The University of the South Pacific (Lecturer in Pacific Studies, and Lecturer of Lo’au University).
  8. Professor Joeli Veitayaki of the University of the South Pacific in Fiji (Head of the School of Marine Studies and Lecturer of USP and Senior Supervisor of Lo’au University) 
  9. Dr Martin Wolterding of the University of Western Sydney in New South Wales (Lecturer in biology and Senior Lecturer of Lo'au University) 
  10. Dr Chris Kavelin of the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne.

Advisory Committee (Supporters):

  1. Mr Kirk Huffman of Sydney Museum, Australia (Curator and Anthropologist)
  2. His Excellency Siamelie Latu of Tongan Embassy in China (Tongan Ambassador)
  3. Mr Peni Langi of Sydney, Australia (Political Scientist)
  4. Dr Viliami Manu of Department of Agriculture, Tonga (Scientist)
  5. Mr Paula Onoafe Lat?u(Historian and PhD Scholar, Canterbury University, New Zealand)
  6. Mr Leonaitasi Hoponoa, President of Mental Health and Disability Association, Nuku’alofa Tonga (Psychologist and PhD Scholar, Victoria University, Australia)
  7. Mrs ‘Amelia Tipaleli Hoponoa of Family Planning, Nuku’alofa, Tonga (Health Director)
  8. Mr Kinitoni Mafi of Brisbane University, VIC Australia (PhD Scholar)
  9. Mr Lisiate Ikaafu of Sydney, Australia (Lawyer)
  10. Mr George Lavaka of Canberra, Australia (Journalist)
  11. Mr Steven Manu’atu Jnr of Wollongong University, Australia (Information Technology Officer)
  12. Mrs Filieta ‘Ofa of Texas Health Resource, Texas, United States of America (Nursing Supervisor)
  13. Mrs ‘Eseta Finau of Department of Health in Auckland, New Zealand (President of Tongan National Nursing Association of New Zealand and Board Member NZ Nursing National Board of Trustees)
  14. Dr ‘Amelia Afuha’amango Tu’ipulotu of Nursing Department, Vaiola Hospital, Nuku’alofa, Tonga (Matron and Chief Nurse)
  15. Mr Sefita Hao’uli of Auckland, New Zealand (Journalist)
  16. Ms Fifita Naulu Imbriano of Canberra, Australia (Health Officer)
  17. Dr Mapa Puloka of Mental Health Ward, Vaiola Hospital, Nuku’alofa, Tonga ((Senior Psychiatrist)
  18. Mrs Papiloa Foliaki, Ex-Matron Nurse of Vaiola Hospital and Commercial and Community person at Nuku’alofa, Tonga .
  19. Semisi Pone of Auckland, New Zealand (Writer and PhD Scholar of Lo’au University)

Lo'au Proficiency Level Three/PhD Candidates for 2015- -

  • Professor Sitaleki Finau (his second doctorate) of New Zealand in philosophy at the School of Rational Studies, research topic is, "Critical Thinking" (Supervisor - Professor 'Inoke Fotu Hu'akau) 
  • 'Alifaleti Fonua of Tonga in Tongan culture and ethno-science at the School of Ethno-science and Humanities, research topic is, "Me'etu'upaki, 'Otuhaka, Po Faha'iula and Lakalaka: Ancient Tongan Dances"- in the Tongan Language (Supervisors - Professors Siosiua Lafitani and Tevita Ka'ili)
  • Penitiketo Tafi 'Uhatafe of Tonga in economics at the School of Commerce and Economics, research topic is, "Emigration, Remittances and Development in Tonga. A Case study of Tongan Migration to New Zealand" (Supervisors - Siosiua Lafitani and 'Ilaiasi 'Ofa)
  • Semisi Pone of New Zealand in English literature at the School of Ethno-science and Humanities, research topic is, "Novel writing in the Pacific" (Supervisors - Professors Siosiua Lafitani and 'Inoke Fotu Hu'akau)
  • Uilou Samani of Tonga in ecology at the Schools of Natural and Formal Sciences, as well as, Ethno-science and Humanities, research topic is, "Taa'iva 'i he Taa'iva, Multiple Spaces: Space-timing and Time-spacing for an environmnentally Duarable and Sustainable Fonua" (Supervisors - Professor Joeli Veitayaki and Hufanga Professor 'Okusitino Mahina)
  • Professor Siosiua Lafitani (his second doctorate) of Australia in philosophy at the School of Rational Studies, research topic is, "Education for Thinking: Training of students for rationality" (Supervisors - Professor 'Inoke Hu'akau)
  • Holosini Uata (Ikuvalu/Tupou-mo-Lotuma) of Tonga in Tongan culture and ethno-science at the School of Ethno-science and Humanities, research topic is, "Vaiola Lotuma" - in the Tongan language (Supervisors - Professors Siosiua Lafitani and Tevita Ka'ili)
  • Laumanu Petelo of Tonga in Tongan Media and Politics at the School of Ethno-science and Humanities, research topic is, 'Tongan Media and Political Transistion to Democracy" (Supervisors - Professors Siosiua Lafitani and Professor Malakai Koloamatangi)
  • Semisi Tongia of Tonga in Tongan Politics at the School of Ethno-science and Humnaities, research topic is, "Free Tongan Church and since King Taufa'ahau George Tupou I" (Supervisors - Professors Malakai Koloamatangi and Siosiua Lafitani)

Lo'au Proficiency Level Two/MA Candidates for 2015-

  • Tom Taifonoifua (Tuaatua) of Tonga in science and Tongan culture-ethno-science at the Schools Natural and Formal Sciences, as well as, Ethno-science and Humanities, research topic is, "Fata and Nga'asi: Theory of Everything" (Supervisors Professors Siosiua Lafitani and Uilou Samani)
  • 'Ofa Vatikani (Moana) of Tonga in political philosophy at the School of Social Philosophy, Ethno-science and Humanities, research topic is, "Corruption and Meida Curb in Tonga" (Supervisors - Professors Siosiua Lafitani and Malakai Koloamatabgi)
  • Luseane Halaevalu Lafitani of Australia in social work at the School of Ethno-science and Humanities, research topic is, "Impact of the environment and the social structures in the mental health and welbeing of Tongan women in Tonga and overseas" (Supervisors - Professors Sitaleki Finau and Siosiua Lafitani)
  • Eileen Fonua of Tonga in ecology at the the School of Natural and Formal Sciences, research topic is, "Ana analysis of the implementation of national biodiversity strategic plan in Tonga" (Supervisors - Professors Siosiua Lafitani and Sitaleki Finau as well as Uilou Samani)
  • 'Ilifeleti Tovo of Tonga in political philosophy at the School of Ethno-science and Humanities, research topic is, "Tonga's Politcal Status" (Supervisors - Professors Malakai Koloamatangi and Siosiua Lafitani)
  • Viliami 'Atelea Afeaki of Tonga in Tongan culture and ethno-science at the School of Ethno-science and Humanities, research topic is, "Roles of the Chief's Orators/Fatongia 'o e kau Matapule" - in Tongan language (Supervisors - Professors Siosiua Lafitani and Tevita Ka'ili)
  • Lata 'Onevai Matakaiongo of Tonga in social work at the School of Ethno-science and Humanities, research proposal is, "How the Women and Children Crisis Centre facilitates people who have experienced domestic violence in marriage and non-partner relationship" (Supervisors - Professors Sitaleki Finau and Siosiua Lafitani)
  •  'Ana Vaka'uta of Tonga in health at the School of Ethno-science and Humanities, research topic is, "Adolescents and Childbearing Age in Tonga" (Supervisors - Professors Sitaleki Finau and Siosiua Lafitani)
  • Fotu Guttenbeil Kusitafu in migration at the School of  Ethno-science and Humanities; research topic is, "Tongan Diaspora" (Supervisors - Professors Siosiua Lafitani and 'Inoke Hu'akau)
  • Fr Maliu 'Otutaha in theological and classical studies of the School of Ethno-science and Humanities (Supervisors are Professors Siosiua Lafitani and 'Ilaiasi 'Ofa)
  • Fataimoemanu Hala'ufia in traditional medicine at the School of Ethno-science and Humanities (Supervisors are Professors Siosiua Lafitani and 'Inoke Hu'akau)

NB. There are 115 BA and BSc students at Lo'au University between 2014 and 2015.

Lo'au University Research Publication Journals (LURPJ)

Lo'au University just issued a new Research Publication Journal (LURPJ), which was installed here three weeks ago (http://www.loauuniversity.edu.to/index.php/en/research-publications), and it is still under-construction. It will be ready for publishing articles and books by the beginning of 2015. Currently, we are only publishing abstracts of articles and books, and their full versions will be ready by early next year after they are approved by the LU Editors.

Each School has its individual Research Publications and Editors, and there are six Schools, Rational Studies; Social Philosophy, Ethno-science and Humanities; Natural and Formal Sciences; Commerce and Economics; Health, Community Development and Social Services; and Technology and Other Applied Sciences. LURPJ will publish articles four times a year, commencing in January 2015, and then April, August and December. Any interested student, scholar and professional is free to submit article for publication two to three months before such individual months.

Further details on the new LURPJ will be issued here soon.