(Seated From L-R): Honourable Albert Nicholas, Cook Islands Minister of Internal Affairs, His Excellency Mr Du Qiwen, China’s Special Envoy to the Pacific, His Excellency Mr Wang Lutong, China’s Ambassador to New Zealand.
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VC Speaks on Pacific Tertiary Education and the Role of ICTs - 8 Jul 2017 12:53:22 pm
“The University of the South Pacific (USP) is taking an increasingly larger role in offering solutions to the major educational challenges facing the Pacific Islands”, said Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President.
He made the comment while presenting during the open session at the ADB Headquarters in Manila on 6 July, 2017 on Pacific tertiary education and the role of ICTs, two key areas that USP has major regional responsibility and in which ADB is actively engaged.
“High quality tertiary education is a basic requirement of ec... More »
USP’s SOED & University of Tasmania seek partnership - 7 Jul 2017 12:58:31 pm
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Education (SOED) staff met with two leading academics from the University of Tasmania’s Faculty of Education from 3-4 July to share ideas and discuss mutual interests of collaboration.
Professor Karen Swabey, Dean of Faculty of Education and Professor Monica Cuskelly, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Education, spent time with the staff at the invitation of Professor Govinda Lingam, Head of the SOED.
Professor Lingam acknowledged the team from the University of Tasmania saying the SOED was grateful to have thei... More »
USP-ADB Sign Cooperation Agreement to Strengthen Knowledge Collaboration - 6 Jul 2017 11:03:35 am
The University of the South Pacific (USP) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) have signed a cooperation agreement to boost knowledge collaboration between the two organisations.
ADB Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development Mr Bambang Susantono and Professor Rajesh Chandra, USP Vice-Chancellor and President, participated in the signing ceremony at ADB Headquarters in Manila yesterday.
“ADB’s extensive practical experience and knowledge from its investment operations together with the technical expertise of USP will foster more innovative and su... More »
USP’s Pacific TAFE hosts successful OER workshop - 6 Jul 2017 10:53:09 am
A workshop on Open Educational Resources (OER) successfully ended at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Workforce Development Training Unit (WDTU) on 29 June 2017.
The week-long workshop, which focused on the use of OER for skills development in the Pacific, was facilitated by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and hosted by USP’s Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE).
It included seventeen (17) participants from across the Pacific. These participants learnt how to adapt up-to-date relevant information, contexualise the adaptation and use th... More »
USP research publications at all-time high - 5 Jul 2017 02:36:47 pm
The University of the South Pacific (USP) has recorded 74 A/A* publications in 2016, the highest ever in the history of the University.
Professor Jito Vanualailai, Director Research confirmed this saying the previous high was recorded in 2014 at 61.
“This is great news and testament to the fact that USP’s Strategic Plan initiatives are certainly bearing fruits,” he noted.
Professor Vanualailai acknowledged Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP and Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and International for... More »
USP integrates financial education in short courses curriculum - 3 Jul 2017 04:30:02 pm
Building a generation of young women and men with the essential financial knowledge, skills and confidence to be able to make responsible financial decisions is the focus of a new partnership initiated on 13 June 2017 at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE).
The Financial Education Curriculum Development Project is a partnership between USP and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) through the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) that primarily involves the integration and strengthening... More »
USP’s Santo Centre in Vanuatu organises Switzerland’s ETH University Presentation - 3 Jul 2017 02:47:56 pm
The University of South Pacific’s Vanuatu’s Santo Centre hosted a presentation by Mr Danny Nef, Researcher of Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH University, Zurich, Switzerland on 28th June, 2017.
Dr Krishna Kotra, Science Programme Coordinator who organised the presentation said that in line with the University’s Strategic Plan, USP is taking science courses to the outer islands.
Being a field-based study for community resilience towards adverse natural calamities in the northern parts of Vanuatu, Dr Kotra requested for a collaborative approach t... More »
USP, Auckland University to research water quality in Oceania - 3 Jul 2017 10:41:59 am
The University of the South Pacific (USP) will be working with a team of scientists from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, experts and other key stakeholders in Oceania Region to identify the most critical water security, equity, and sustainability issues facing New Zealand and the rest of Oceania, as well as develop solutions to tackle the challenges.
Dr Krishna Kotra, Science Programme Coordinator at USP’s Emalus Campus, Port Vila, Vanuatu said the University has been a champion in the research front in the Pacific with in-house and collaborative projects being underway.
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STHM examines the role of online media in South Pacific tourism - 3 Jul 2017 09:30:29 am
It has been observed that different forms of online and social media have been transforming the tourism industry in the South Pacific.
The most recent School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) research colloquium at The University of the South Pacific (USP) brought together various tourism stakeholders to discuss three ongoing postgraduate research projects in this context.
The first presenter, Marica Kalou who currently works as an administrative assistant at STHM, examined tourist satisfaction attributes of ecotourism in an online and offline nexus. Based on a case s... More »
USP’s Pacific TAFE qualifications accredited by FHEC - 28 Jun 2017 04:09:10 pm
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) has received accreditation for four (4) of its programmes by the Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC).
The programmes are Certificate in Commercial Cookery (Level IV), Diploma of Human Resources Management (Level 5), Certificate in Library/Information Studies (Level 4), and Certificate in Fisheries and Enforcement Compliance (Level 4).
In a letter to Mr Hasmukh Lal, Director of Pacific TAFE, Ms Linda Aumua, Director of FHEC congratulated Pacific TAFE for the achievement.... More »