A total of 10,000 DVD movies are now within the Media and Journalism Programme’s inventory as part of teaching materials for both its Diploma and Bachelor studies offered at the National University of Samoa.
The stock of blockbuster and feature films was part of a generous offer by local businessman Oscar Netzler to help with the media part of the latest installment at N.U.S whom now offer a Bachelor of Arts, Major in Media and Journalism programme.
“These are some of my favourite films and part of the reason being is that most of them had stories in them that helped me understand history,” said Mr. Netzler.
“When I heard about the new Bachelor of Arts major in Media and Journalism programme, I thought I needed to have something for its development, hence the stack of movies we have handed over.”
The Bachelor programme is a step up from the Diploma in Media and Journalism programme that the University had been offering.
The Vice Chancellor and President of the National University of Samoa, Professor Fui Asofou So’o, accepted the donation by Mr. Netzler and thanked his support for N.U.S.
“I understand that some of these films are in fact very relevant to our programmes including history and media. So it’s an offer we kindly welcome and appreciate,” he said.
Part of the trainings given at the Media and Journalism programmes include filming and video editing.
Head of Communication Department for N.U.S, Misa Vicky Lepou says it’s a big donation from Mr. Netzler considering the calibre of students that the programme now has with its Bachelor programme under way.
The DVDs cost more than $500,000.