Oceania University of Medicine (OUM)

The Oceania University of Medicine (OUM) was registered as a formal Post School Education and Training (PSET) Provider with the Samoa Qualifications Authority (SQA) in August 2016 having met the requirements for Registration as a formal Post School Education and Training (PSET) Provider with the SQA. Since then OUM has continued to comply with the Provider Registration criteria that are followed up through the Registration Renewal Process on an annual basis.  

With Accreditation of Programmes, OUM is accredited by the Philippines Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) with its first Accreditation status granted in 2010, which was renewed in 2015 until May 2020.  In May 2020, the SQA Board of Directors officially gave approval to recognize PAASCU accreditation of OUM through PAASCU as the Accreditor for OUM. OUM applied for Re-Accreditation in early 2020 and following rigorous documentation requirements and site visits in June 2020 received approval of its Basic Medical programme by PAASCU which is valid until 2025. 

SQA congratulates OUM in gaining Re-Accreditation status from PAASCU!  Well done on this important achievement and milestone towards provision of quality and relevant education and training in Samoa!

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OUM is an autonomous statutory corporation established by the OUM Act 2002 and operating under the charter executed by the Government of Samoa (GoS). As part of the agreement between the GoS and the University, a US based international software and health science Education Company; e-Medical Education LLC (e-Med) was authorized to operate OUM.

OUM is committed to producing physicians with a well-rounded approach towards advanced health development throughout the region and the world. As stated in the OUM Catalogue 2020/2021, p.5, one of the principles guiding OUM towards its mission is to ‘Produce graduates who are socially responsive and ethically responsible in their approach to the practice of medicine’. OUM aims to make learning relative to the societal changes, so that its learners are relevant to correspond effectively to the rapid changes.

The main office is situated at the Tupua Tamasese Mea’ole Hospital, Emergency Department Building, Level 3 (Moto’otua). The learners however have their practical attachments at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH), made possible through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the TTMH and OUM.