Strategic Partnerships, Advancement & Communications (SPAC)

SPAC



Regional and International Engagement Unit

The University, apart from being a higher education institute is also a regional integration organisation. Coordinated by the Regional Programme Coordinator, this Unit is responsible for the coordination and management of USPís relationship with other Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific (CROP) agencies and ensuring USPís engagement with the region, international agencies, development partners and projects. This includes coordinating USPís participation in regional and international meetings, (including Pacific Islands Forum Leaders, Ministerial and officials meetings organised by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and other CROP agencies), and providing feedback on relevant reports and policy documents. The Unit provides support to Vice-Chancellor and President as well as DSPAC with analytical briefs and reports on issues concerning the region, in particular the Framework for Pacific Regionalism, SDGs and SAMOA Pathway and other global initiatives such as Oceans and Climate Change. The Unit is also the secretariat to the CROP ICT Working Group (WG) and coordinates Universityís participation in other CROP WGs.

What We Do

The University plays a key role in regional engagement through the CROP1  mechanism. It leads the ICT Working Group and Human Resource Development (HRD) Working Group. It also participates in other Working Groups such as Sustainable Development Working Group, Marine Sector Working Group, Working Arm on Resilience Development (WARD), Pacific Energy Oversight Group (PEOG), and Gender Working Group amongst others.

The Regional and International Engagement Unit is responsible for the management of USPís relationship with other CROP agencies; and ensuring USPís engagement with the region, international agencies, development partners and projects. This includes coordinating USPís participation in regional and international meetings, and soliciting feedback on relevant reports and policy documents. The coordination of all activities and initiatives relating to CROP and regional engagement is facilitated through the Regional and International Engagement Unit.

USP actively participates and contributes in regional meetings such as Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting; Ministerial Meetings; CROP Executive Meetings and other relevant meetings organised by the relevant CROP agencies and other regional organisations. The University proactively engages by participating in dialogues with Pacific Island Countries and in finding solutions. USP considers itself a resource point and source of policy advice to the region. 

The University has committed itself to work through the relevant CROP mechanism and dynamically make contributions towards the Framework for Pacific Regionalism, Small Island States Strategy as well as the Framework for Resilience Development in the Pacific (FRDP) and other regional frameworks and policies. The Unit provides support to Vice-Chancellor and President and other relevant staff on regional, PIFS and CROP issues including providing analytical briefs on issues concerning the region in particular the Framework for Pacific Regionalism.

The Unit also coordinates and provides support to USP constituents involved in the 11th European Development Fund (EDF 11) Pacific Regional Indicative Programme.

In addition to managing and coordinating USPís very important engagement with CROP and the region, the Unit also provides direct support to the Vice-Chancellor and President and Director SPAC in the form of writing VCís reports to Council, Senate, Finance and Investments Committee (FIC) and Executive Committee of Council (EC).

1)  Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO); Pacific Islands Development Programme (PIDP); Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (PIFFA); Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS); Pacific Power Association (PPA); Pacific Community (SPC); Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programmed (SPREP); South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO); and The University of the South Pacific (USP).

Team

Regional Programme Coordinator
Pritika Bijay

Tel:  (679) 323 2713
Fax: (679) 323 1551
Email: pritika.bijay(at)usp.ac.fj 

The Regional Programme Coordinator provides direct support to the Vice-Chancellor and President and Director SPAC by assisting with the management of USPís relationship with CROP agencies and ensuring USPís engagement with regional and international organisations. 


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Strategic Partnerships, Advancement & Communications (SPAC)
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