Last Updated: June 29, 2005
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In collaboration 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 Pacific region.

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.