The Council is the executive governing body of the University. It exercises all powers conferred on the University by the Charter, subject to the powers, duties and functions conferred upon it by the Statutes. It has general control over the conduct of the affairs of the University. It has the custody of the Common Seal and is responsible for the management and administration of the revenue and property of the University.
It is the duty of the Council to refer to the Senate any matter which it considers to have academic implications and which has not been previously considered by the Senate, or which, in the opinion of the Council, ought to be dealt with by the Senate. The Council asks the Senate for a recommendation or report on such matters and takes in account such recommendation or report.
The Council can add to, amend or repeal the provisions of the Charter and the Statutes by a Special Resolution. Such addition, amendment or repeal comes into effect when given Royal Assent in the case of the Charter, or approved by the Privy Council in the case of the Statutes.
The Council makes, Ordinances to direct and to regulate the University and its authorities and members.
The Council meets twice a year normally in May and October.
The following are the Committees of the Council.
- Executive Committee
- Audit & Risk Committee
- Finance & Investments Committee
- Tender Board
- Discipline Appeals Committee
- Appointments Committee
- Remuneration Committee
- The Council shall consist of the following persons, namely:-
- The Pro-Chancellor;
- The Vice-Chancellor;
- One member appointed by each of the governments of the following regional countries-
- Cook Islands
- Republic of Kiribati
- Republic of the Marshall Islands
- Republic of Nauru
- Solomon Islands
- Kingdom of Tonga
- Republic of Vanuatu;
- Two members appointed by the Government of Samoa;
- Five members appointed by the Government of the Republic of the Fiji Islands;
- One member appointed by each of the Governments of Australia and New Zealand;
- The Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat or a nominee of the Secretary-General;
- Two professors of the University appointed by the University Senate in accordance with Statute 29(s);
- Two members of the University staff, at least one of whom is a member of the non-professorial academic staff, to be elected or appointed in accordance with the relevant Ordinance;
- Two registered students of the University to represent the student body, one to represent the students based at the Laucala campus, and one to represent students at other University campuses in the region, both students to be elected or appointed in accordance with the relevant Ordinance;
- Up to seven persons co-opted by the Council, at least one of whom must be a graduate of the University, in accordance with the criteria set out in Statute 14 and in accordance with the relevant Ordinance.
- The following people attend the Council as non-voting participants:
- The Registrar;
- The Director of Finance;
- Staff members at the request of the Vice-Chancellor;
- Any other persons at the request of the Pro-Chancellor.