Professor Konai Helu Thaman (second from left) with USP students.
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Sustainable Development and Resilience: Can Education Systems Deliver? - 26 Feb 2018 12:34:06 pm
Professor Konai Helu Thaman’s response to the above question, asked on the first session of Day one (1) of the 20th Conference of the Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM), in Nadi from 19-23 February 2018, was a resounding No and argued that education systems cannot deliver if it is going to be business as usual.
A renowned educationalist in the Pacific, and Professor of Pacific Education and Culture at USP, Professor Thaman said this was because our education system is a remnant of a colonial system of education, which privileged academic education based on subjects, reflect the knowle... More »
USP staff develops Snap TopUp app - 23 Feb 2018 01:23:44 pm
A staff member of The University of the South Pacific (USP) has developed an Application (App) called the Snap TopUp, which has the potential to support mobile devices.
Mr Sanjeet Chand of USP’s Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL) initiated the notion after he mistyped his pin when trying to top up his phone and later discarded the card.
The incident prompted the idea of making a better and safer way to top up or recharge mobile phones with credit using the phone’s camera by scanning the card.
Professor Som Naidu, Pro Vice-Chanc... More »
Two USP Convention Instruments deposited with Fiji Government - 23 Feb 2018 09:53:20 am
The University of the South Pacific (USP) deposited additional Instruments of Ratification for the USP Convention by two of its member countries - Cook Islands and Nauru - at the Fiji Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Suva.
The Instruments were deposited by Mr Winston Thompson, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the USP Council, and received by Ratu Tui Cavuilati, the Roving Ambassador for Oceania, on 22 February, 2018.
“We have this Convention that the 12 members of the University have agreed to sign and ratify and we have a two-year window which expires at the end of this year,&rd... More »
USP VC presents to the Ministers on Education for Sustainability and Resilience at 20CCEM - 22 Feb 2018 05:02:18 pm
Commonwealth countries need to provide determined leadership, build consensus and inclusion, create strong partnerships, and fully leverage ICTs and new learning tools to develop education for sustainable development and resilience. The involvement of young people in policy development, monitoring and implementation were of critical importance. Education for sustainability needs to be led and owned by the countries, and embedded thoroughly into the national visions of development of countries and owned by all the stakeholders. Business as usual will not allow countries to succeed in meeting their commitments to SDG4 and its 10 targets. Innovation and thinki... More »
Transforming pedagogical practices at USP discussed at 20CCEM - 22 Feb 2018 04:02:33 pm
Open Educational Practices and Flexible Learning are not new to The University of the South Pacific (USP) as its distributed nature requires it to engage in open and flexible learning which it has done since its inception and as such, USP has a very strong pedigree in these areas which is widely acknowledged.
This was the message that Professor Som Naidu, USP’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Flexible Learning and Director of the Centre of Flexible Learning (CFL) had for delegates from fifty-three (53) member countries of the Commonwealth which included Ministers, their Permanent Secretaries and representatives of various p... More »
USP highlights importance of ICTs towards building resilient universities - 22 Feb 2018 03:01:49 pm
It is essential that the role of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is recognised for better recovery from natural disasters to build resilient universities.
This was recommended by Dr Giulio Paunga, Vice-President, Regional Campuses and Estates and Infrastructure of The University of the South Pacific (USP) during the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers Meeting on 20 February 2018.
Universities from across the Commonwealth have been severely affected by natural disasters in recent years.
Dr Paunga w... More »
20th CCEM officially opened - 22 Feb 2018 12:25:18 pm
The Prime Minister of Fiji and Minister of i-Taukei Affairs, Sugar Industry and Foreign Affairs, Rear Admiral (Ret), Honourable Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama officially opened the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (20CCEM) on 20 February 2018 at Sheraton Resort, Nadi, Fiji.
The University of the South Pacific (USP), which is one of the major sponsors of the first ever CCEM in the Pacific, is well-represented with a number of presentations done by its staff and students.
Presentations by USP participants covered topics such as, Education for Sust... More »
USP Cook Islands completes Maori Language Flexi-school - 21 Feb 2018 02:37:16 pm
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Cook Islands campus recently completed the first full Cook Islands Māori language flexi-school taught by Dr. Akevai Nicholas from the Auckland University of Technology.
The January flexi-school was the second of 12 courses students have been taking, as part of the new Diploma in Cook Islands Māori.
The diploma is structured so that general linguistics papers are taken in-semester and face-to-face Māori language courses in January flexi- schools.
Twenty-three (23) students joined the flex... More »
USP Lautoka Campus trains unemployed youth - 21 Feb 2018 02:23:24 pm
Forty-two (42) unemployed youths from Lautoka went through an eight (8) week Office Assistance Training programme at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Lautoka Campus to equip them for new job markets. The training concluded on 19 January 2018.
The Youth Employment Network (YEN) training programme was a result of the partnership between the Lautoka Campus, Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprise and Development (FRIEND) and the participants were fully funded by OXFAM Fiji.
The aim of the training programme was to provide an opportunity to unemployed youths to u... More »
USP launches 2018 Entrepreneurial Fair - 20 Feb 2018 02:09:26 pm
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) annual Entrepreneurial Fair was launched by the Honourable Mr Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, Fiji’s Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Land and Mineral Resources at the Laucala Campus on 19 February, 2018.
The launch was attended by USP staff, Senior Management, students, sponsors, invited guests and workshop participants.
Hon Koya said the Entrepreneurial Fair, will match aspiring entrepreneurs with successful entrepreneurs, from Fiji and abroad, who will share their journey and experience, which is an important event that the Mi... More »