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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

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*  New Board Member is Lu'isa Latukefu.

 

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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. Mrs Luseane Halaevalu Lafitani of Canberra-Tonga
  3. Dr Martin Wolterding of University of Western Sydney in New South Wales (Lecturer in biology and Senior Lecturer of Lo'au University) 
  4. Dr Chris Kavelin of Australian Catholic University in Melbourne.
  5. Professor 'Inoke Fotu Hu'akau of Sydney-Tonga
  6. Professor Siosiua Fonuakihehama Lafitani of Canberra-Tonga
  7. Professor 'Ilaiasi Tupou 'Ofa of Texas
  8. Professor Malakai Koloamatangi of Massey University in Auckland
  9. Professor Sitaleki 'Ata'ata Finau of Auckland
  10. Kelepi Seuli Mafi of Auckland

Advisory Committee (Supporters):

  1. Mr Kirk Huffman of Sydney Museum, Australia (Curator and Anthropologist)
  2. Mr Leonaitasi Hoponoa, Tonga (President of Tongan Mental Health and Disabilities Association)
  3. Mr Peni Langi of Sydney, Australia (Political Scientist)
  4. Mrs ‘Amelia Tipaleli Hoponoa of Family Planning, Nuku’alofa, Tonga (Health Director)
  5. Mr Kinitoni Mafi of Brisbane University, VIC Australia (PhD Scholar)
  6. Mrs Filieta ‘Ofa of Texas Health Resource, Texas, United States of America (Nursing Supervisor)
  7. 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)

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" (Supervisors - Professors 'Inoke Fotu Hu'akau and Siosiua Lafitani) 
  • 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)
  • Professor Siosiua Lafitani (his second doctorate) of Australia in philosophy at the School of Rational Studies, research topic is, "Education for Thinking: Vavanga and 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" - (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)
  • Kaunanga Moli of Tonga in Education at the School of Ethno-science and Humanities, research topic is, "Drop-outs from Liahona High School" - (Supervisors Professors Siosiua Lafitani and 'Inoke Fotu Hu'akau)
  • Visesio Siasau in Philosophy at the School of Rational Studies, research topic, "Otua/God(s)" - (Supervisors Professor Siosiua Lafitani and 'Inoke Hu'akau)

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 Tongan culture at the School of Ethno-science and Humanities, research topic is, "Tongan Royal Geneaology and DNA" (Supervisors - Professors Sitaleki Finau 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)
  • 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 culture of the School of Ethno-science and Humanities (Supervisors are Professors Siosiua Lafitani and 'Ilaiasi 'Ofa)
  • Sosefo 'Otutaha in philosophy of the School of Rational Studies (Supervisors are Professors Siosiua Lafitani and 'Inoke Fotu Hu'akau)

NB. There are 50 BA and BSc students at Lo'au University.

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.