The University of the South Pacificís commitment to Learning and Teaching stems from its mission to maintain, advance and disseminate knowledge by teaching, consultancy and research, and to provide appropriate levels of education and training responsive to the well-being and needs of the communities in the Pacific region. Quality Learning and Teaching is central to the Universityís commitment to ensuring that academic programmes and learning environments meet or exceed international standards. This is a huge challenge because of the wide distribution of students studying courses that are delivered through a variety of different modes, from face-to-face teaching to online to print-based and carried out at various campuses supported by a varying degree of national infrastructure.
The Universityís Learning and Teaching strategic goals for the period 2013 - 2018 are to:
- OBJECTIVE 1 | Transform USPís pedagogy and curriculum Initiatives:
- 1.1 Accelerate staff development for effective application of new pedagogies and technologies;
- 1.2 Incorporate graduate attributes into the curriculum;
- 1.3 Build more entrepreneurship training into the curriculum;
- 1.4 Undertake a large-scale conversion of USP courses for flexible delivery.
- OBJECTIVE 2 | Ensure programmes continue to be relevant and responsive to the needs of the region Initiatives:
- 2.1 Strengthen engagement with private and public sectors;
- 2.2 Obtain international accreditation for all programmes;
- 2.3 Expand programmes to improve English language proficiency;
- 2.4 Establish the Counselling and Placement Centre and expand job placements
- OBJECTIVE 3 | Improve the quality of teaching throughout the USP system Initiatives:
- 3.1 Ensure that the teaching staff complete or hold PGCTT or equivalent;
- 3.2 Expand continuing professional development for teaching excellence;
- 3.3 Improve the quality and impact of teaching.
- OBJECTIVE 4 | Foster excellence in the consistency and structure of academic programs Initiative:
- 4.1 Complete the STAR Project
As the University is a regional university co-owned by 12 member states with different cultural, political and economic backgrounds, the University will continue to promote through its Learning and Teaching programmes, an environment of respect and tolerance for these differences and foster a pan-Pacific consciousness to unify members of the university region.
In this area of the website you will find information that will help you in your teaching and to help students to learn more successfully. This site has information on the University Learning and Teaching Policy, the various Faculty Learning and Teaching Plans, Learning and Teaching Resources, different modes of Learning and Teaching, Assessment, Awards for Excellence in Teaching and research, Training programmes and student related information.
We welcome your feedback as we continue to build the Learning and Teaching website as an effective resource for staff focusing on improved academic achievement and striving to meet new academic standards.