From R-L: Ms Savina Nongebatu, Deputy CEO Pacific Disability Forum; Prof Jito Vanualailai, Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Innovation, and International), USP; Mr J. Maritino Nemani, Permanent Secretary, Fiji Ministry of Youth and Sports; Mr Vineet Bhatia, Interim Resident Representative, UNDP Pacific Office; Ms Anna Dorney, Australia Deputy High Commissioner to Fiji and
Mr Donglin Li, ILO Director for Pacific Island Countries.
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USP hosts Pacific Innovation & Entrepreneurship Workshop - 22 May 2019 03:30:12 pm
A Pacific Entrepreneurship and Innovation Ecosystem workshop was held at the Innovation Hub at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala Campus on 7-8 May 2019.
While officially opening the workshop, Professor Jito Vanualailai, USP’s Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Innovation & International, stated that Innovation plays an important role in building entrepreneurial spirit within a given social context - whether in a research institution, donor-based organisation, health system, or in a community driven initiative.
“Regardless of the ... More »
USP and Government of Niue sign new MOU - 22 May 2019 03:15:39 pm
The University of the South Pacific (USP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Niue for the establishment of the Centre for Excellence in Information Technology (CEIT) at USP’s Niue Campus.
The MOU was signed by USP’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Pal Ahluwalia and Niue’s Minister for Education and Health, Hon. Billy Talagi at the 88th USP Council meeting in Port Vila, Vanuatu on 16 May 2019.
The mission of the MOU is for USP to set-up the CEIT venture by providing personnel for CEIT, buildings and existing infrastruct... More »
Students receives Sustainable Energy Certificates - 22 May 2019 09:13:23 am
A course developed and accredited by the European Union-funded Pacific Technical Vocational Education Training (PacTVET) through The University of the South Pacific (USP) saw a cohort of 40 participants graduating in Bio Gas from eight island communities in Tuvalu on 30 April 2019.
The 10-day training by SPC Trainer Nixon Kua was held at the USP Tuvalu Campus while practical lessons were done out in the field.
Its main purpose was to equip participants with the knowledge of installation, operation and maintenance of bio gas unit – renewable energy for a more secure source ... More »
Niue, Tonga ratify USP Convention - 21 May 2019 10:31:42 am
Niue and Tonga are the latest members of The University of the South Pacific (USP) to ratify the USP Convention.
The Government of Niue ratified the USP Convention at the 88th Council meeting in Port Vila, Vanuatu on 17 May 2019, while the Tongan Government ratified it prior to the meeting.
The Office of External Affairs of the Government of Niue presented its compliments in doing so to Mr Winston Thompson, the Pro Chancellor and Chair of the USP Council.
Niue is the eighth member of USP to ratify the Convention, having signed it during the 86th Council meeting in Nauru on 22 May 2018.
Tong... More »
Youth intervention needed for climate change action: UNSG - 20 May 2019 11:43:21 am
His Excellency Mr Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) participated in a panel discussion amidst a crowd of more than 300 students at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala Campus on 16 May 2019.
In opening the event, Dr Bibhya Sharma, on behalf of Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor & President of USP, extended a warm welcome to H.E Guterres and thanked him for making the time to participate in an interactive discussion with the youths.
USP he said, sees ocean action as a critical component of climate action, a... More »
ECEC students urged to be 'wow' teachers - 20 May 2019 10:53:02 am
Early Childhood Education students at The University of the South Pacific (USP) held a successful Show & Tell programme at the School of Education (SOEd) at the Laucala Campus on 16 May 2019.
The students displayed their work in terms of learning & teaching resources coming out of microteaching lesson plans to mind maps/concept maps, big books for children, flash cards, rhyme charts, song charts, ganes and many activities that will stimulate and engage young children’s minds.
Dr Mesake Dakuidreketi, the Deputy Head of School commented that this is the first time fo... More »
Vanuatu Prime Minister opens USP’s 88th Council Meeting - 17 May 2019 08:47:15 am
The 88th Council meeting of The University of the South Pacific (USP) was officially opened by the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Honourable Charlot Salwai, on Thursday 16 May 2019 in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
In his welcome address, the Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Council, Mr Winston Thompson acknowledged the Prime Minister for availing himself to officiate over the opening of the meeting and addressing the Council members.
“The Council meets in member countries on a rotational basis once a year. It has met in Vanuatu before and it was a pleasure that the Council accepted the i... More »
Vice Chancellor & President Meets USP Emalus staff - 17 May 2019 07:47:59 am
Staff of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) in Vanuatu met with Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor & President at the Emalus Campus on Monday 13 May 2019.
Professor Ahluwalia, who is in Vanuatu for the 88th Council meeting, thanked all staff for their contribution to the success of the University.
Staff were informed that apart from the revised New Strategic Plan (NSP) 2019-2024, he is seeking a revision of the vision, mission and value statements.
These he said, could be simplified for people to better understand ... More »
FALE’s Fijian Language Programme Receives Funding - 14 May 2019 11:18:25 am
The Fijian language programme at The University of the South Pacific (USP) continues to be sustained following funding to the tune of $22, 220 from the iTaukei Trust Fund Board (TTFB).
A cheque was presented in this regard by Dr. Apolonia Tamata, Senior Program Specialist of TTFB, to Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) on 29 April 2019.
Dr Kedrayate acknowledged the funding saying it would help sustain the programme and that “FALE is pleased with the collaboration with the iTaukei Trust Fund Board and their continued support for the ... More »
Pacific TAFE opens additional facility at Lautoka Campus - 14 May 2019 11:16:11 am
The increasing demand for more quality programmes with The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Technical & Further Education (Pacific TAFE) has led to the securing of an additional facility at the University’s Lautoka Campus.
The new facility will have teaching rooms and staff workstations whilst Library, ITS and other services and will be accessed from Lautoka Campus. This facility will allow Pacific TAFE to start new programmes and increase enrolments in existing offerings.
In 2016, Pacific TAFE had 1,069-registered student, which significantly incr... More »