(From L-R): Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor and President, Honourable Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia, Hon. Rosy Akbar, Fiji’s Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, and Mr. Winston Thompson, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of USP Council.
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USP introduces Event APP - 1 Mar 2018 01:52:35 pm
A key feature of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) weeklong Entrepreneurial Fair from 19-23rd February, 2018 was the introduction of an Event APP, arguably first for Fiji and USP.
Mr Glenn Pope, Campus Life Group Manager confirmed that the APP was specifically designed for the event which was used to disseminate information about the event.
He stated that information disseminated during the week included the main programme, details of the speakers, the YES Programme and interactive maps, among others.
“By using the US... More »
Fijian President commends USP for Portable Fish Smoker - 28 Feb 2018 08:45:30 am
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) 24th Chancellor and President of Fiji, His Excellency Major General (Ret'd) Jioji Konusi Konrote visited the University’s Marine Campus on 23 February 2018, to witness first-hand a demonstration of the functioning of a Portable Smoker for fish.
Last year, H.E Konrote visited the University’s Laucala Campus as part of his tour during graduation, and was shown the seafood village and laboratory at the Marine Campus, which included an industrial smoker.
The smoker, which was donated by Japan Int... More »
First Untrained Teachers Cohort for Tuvalu Campus - 27 Feb 2018 12:37:01 pm
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Tuvalu Campus recently marked a milestone when the first cohort for Certificate in Teaching (Primary) began with 30 teachers.
Funding for the cohort was negotiated by Dr. Rosiana Lagi, USP Tuvalu campus Director and Mr. Talavai Iona, former Permanent Secretary for Education in an effort to improve teachers’ pedagogy, literacy skills, assessment and curriculum development skills, standards, academic achievements, practice and education in Tuvalu as a whole.
According to Dr Lagi, the 2015 Education For All Report by UNI... More »
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 »