Prior to 1984, most of the training needs of Solomon Islands was administered by various training institutions established by the government and administered by responsible ministries.
Some of these training schools existed before Solomon Islands gained its independent in 1978.
In 1984, an Act of Parliament called "Solomon Islands College of Higher Education Act was passed. This Act basically pooled all the existing schools then that were under the government to form the now the College of Higher Education. These schools were Solomon Islands Teachers College, Public Administration Training School, Ranadi Marine Training School, Honiara Nursing Training school, and Honiara Technical Institute. These schools formed the basis for the establishment of the current schools: School of Education, School of Finance & Administration, School of Marine & Fisheries Studies, School Nursing and Health Studies, School of Industrial Development and School of Natural Resources.
In 2008, the need to diversify the training scope was realized by the government which gave rise to the need to amend the Solomon Islands Act in 2008 to include the School of tourism and Hospitality and any other schools the College sees fit. This amendment had made way for the establishment of the School of Humanities, Science & Media.
On the 5th January 2012, Solomon Islands College of Higher Education was awarded Full Institutional Accreditation from EDU.
Later the same year, a bill was passed in Parliament for the Solomon Islands National University to be formed.
On the 29th November 2013, Full Institutional Accreditation from EDU was applied to Solomon Islands National University.
- Excellence and Quality: SINU is committed to providing excellent and high quality teaching, learning, skills training, and research;
- Innovativeness: SINU will encourage and promote creative ideas and solutions to existing and new challenges;
- Relevance: SINU will be committed to providing relevant teaching, learning, skills, training and research that meets diverse community needs at present and in the future;
- Accessibility: SINU will be easily accessible regardless of physical, political, gender, ethnic, religious or other differences;
- Collegiality: SINU highly values mutual respect that encourages a sense of community.
University website: http://www.sinu.edu.sb