aims of the CS component were to improve the
quantity and quality of CS lecturers from
member countries, to create a variety of courses
both in distance and face-to-face mode, to
enhance USP-Net, and to maintain CS laboratories.
Various activities were
undertaken during the three years of the
- Following an introductory Linux Course
by Prof. Takahashi, the internationally
recognized Linux Certificate courses were
introduced through the Project in 2003
and 2004 for the first time in Fiji. From
a total of twenty-nine participants, seven
certified engineers and seven certified
technicians have emerged, and it is anticipated
that an Academy will be established at
USP in 2005.
- Visiting guest lecturers on specific
topics such as Network Security by Dr.
Ohno provided a unique learning experience
for Computer Science students, USP staff
and government personnel.
- To provide a greater variety of postgraduate
opportunities, two Computer Science courses
were offered live via satellite from the
University of Electro Communications in
Japan for the first semester in 2004 and
2005. Using Internet Protocol or IP based
technology for the lectures has also enabled
the provision of more interactive and
practical course content.
- The project experts worked closely
with USP colleagues on the enhancement
of the USPNet system. The current 155
Megabytes per second bandwidth for USP
is only benefiting Fiji itself, so the
satellite link to remote sites needs upgrading
to disperse the benefits of AARNet right
across the USP region. In preparing for
the development of the new IP-based network,
short-term expert, Dr. Sugiura, advised
on experiments, set up routers and servers,
and tested IP-phones.
- Two staff members were sent for long-term
counterpart training in Japan for doctoral
and masters study. Upon completion of
their studies, they are bonded to return
and teach within the Computing Science
department for the term of their scholarships.