7 Jan 2006

Work already begun on revamping College of Marshall Islands

7:23 am on 7 January 2006

The College of Marshall Islands has begun to clear sub-standard buildings after the government agreed to help major upgrades.

The government has just approved a US$25 million funding plan for the college over the next five years.

The college president Wilson Hess says many buildings need to be demolished as they date back to the 1950s.

He says the move to revamp the school will help it get its United States accreditation when its up for review shortly.

"And set the standard for the next generation to go to a up to date and modern campus which is helpful, safe, well appointed and a good environment for learning."

Wilson Hess says the New Zealand firm Beca is conducting a survey to identify any buildings of historic and cultural value that may need to be saved.