with the University of the South Pacific (USP)
and Japan International Cooperation Agency
(JICA), the "ICT Capacity Building at USP"
Project ended on 30th June 2005, having achieved
goals under its various components.
The Project was launched on 1st July 2002
with a three year implementation period.
This webpage is to present project outputs
and lessons learnt during the Projects 3 year
period at USP. We hope that information and
resources here would be our footsteps of guidance
for all stakeholders who are interested in
ICT developments in the South Pacific. This
Project was one of pioneer projects in the
ICT arena of academic setting in the South
The project overviews are as follows.
The overall goal was to support USP
as a centre of excellence and high standards
of human resource development, through
an improved educational service in terms
of both quality and quantity.
The purpose of the project was to ensure
that more students received a superior
educational experience through the enhanced
IT capacity of USP.
There have been four long-term experts
from Japan brought in to work closely
with USP counterparts on the main components
of the project. They were experts in,
Computing Science, Distance and Flexible
Learning, and ICT Research and Training.
JICA experts are working with USP counterparts
for technology transfer. USP Counterpart
education includes short term visits to
Japan and scholarships including PhD level.
Equipment provision is also a key scheme;
which included multimedia equipment, computer
laboratories, and equipment for USPNet
enhancement. Project activities were conducted
in USP member countries.
The Project Office was located at the
Laucala Campus with the three project
experts plus a team of local staff to
assist with ensuring that the project
was managed well and operated smoothly.