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Tuvaluan Student Receives Top Honours in Canada

Ottawa, Ontario -- June 14/2002

 A Tuvalu student has completed post-graduate studies at Carlton University, Canada with flying colours. At a graduation ceremony held at the University on Friday 14th June 2002, Mr Manuila Tausi was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Applied Mathematics. Manuila was among the twenty-one awardees who received doctorate degrees from the University the same day. Mr Tausi, who spent five years studying for the degree, is known to be the first Tuvaluan sponsored student to have successfully graduated with a doctorate of philosophy degree in the area of mathematics. Prior to his studies, Manuila was working as Director of Statistics in the Economic Planning and Stattistics in the Government of Tuvalu. Manuila also holds an MA degree in applied Science from the Melbourne Royal Institute of Technology, Australia and a BSc degree from the Otago University, in New Zealand. His studies in Canada were funded under the Canadian Commonwealth Fellowship and Scholarship Plan.

At the graduation ceremony, Manuila was accompanied by his wife, Naomi, and their two children, Tausi and Tabokai. The Tuvalu Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, H.E.Mr Enele S Sopoaga, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Salilo Enele and their family were also present on behalf of the Government of Tuvalu and friends. At the dinner to celebrate, Mr Sopoaga thanked Manuila for his hard work, noting that his achievement has made not only his family but the whole of Tuvalu proud.

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