Dr Michelle Belisle, EQAP Director, Ms Nina Tu’i, EQAP, Education Specialist (middle) with staff of the SOEd.
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Journalism students for international attachment - 22 Jun 2017 04:57:44 pm
Two (2) final year journalism students of The University of the South Pacific (USP) will begin their attachment with Auckland-based Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF).
Students Linda Filiai and Shivika Mala who were the editors of USP’s award-winning student newspaper Wansolwara will be in New Zealand for two (2) weeks from June 25, working with several media organizations to enhance their journalistic skills.
During their attachment, Linda and Shivika are required to write several stories, including articles about Fiji and New Zealand ventures.
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Need to design child-friendly environment - 22 Jun 2017 04:09:13 pm
There is a need to design a child-friendly environment that considers not only the socio-emotional and physical needs of children, but spiritual and intellectual needs as well, said Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE).
She made the comments at the Sub-regional workshop on Early Childhood Education (ECE) Teacher Development in the Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) at the Novotel, Nadi in the Fiji Islands on 21 June, 2017.
Dr Kedrayate was speaking as participants reviewed the Teacher... More »
Achieving a Blue Green Economy - 22 Jun 2017 04:07:47 pm
Dr Jeremy Hills, Director of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Institute of Marine Resources reported on the United Nations Ocean Conference as part of a plenary session on the theme of Achieving a Blue Green Economy during the Pacific Update Conference on 20 June 2017.
Dr Hills labelled the Ocean Conference as a “game changer” which, tried to recreate a new trajectory of the way people dealt with the oceans.
The backdrop for this, Dr Hills said, is that many aspects of the Oceans are being degraded which suggests unsustainable practices in o... More »
USP offers new programmes for semester two - 22 Jun 2017 11:15:14 am
The University of the South Pacific (USP) is now offering six new programmes as enrolment for the second semester of 2017 begins.
The Diploma of Library and Information Services (Level 5) will be a staircase from the existing Certificate IV in Library and Information Studies
The Diploma Pacific Vernacular Language (Cook Islands (CI) Māori) is proposed to revive the Cook Islands Māori language and develop Māori resources as requested by the Government of the Cook Islands. The programme targets qualified teachers who lack specialist training in teaching CI Māori and target CI ... More »
Need for Inclusive Pacific Regionalism – Dame Meg Taylor - 21 Jun 2017 04:49:15 pm
At a time where challenges faced in the Pacific region are increasingly existential in nature, policy responses need to be informed by evidence and rigorous analysis.
This was the message of Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) during the 2017 Pacific Update Conference on 20 June 2017.
Dame Taylor highlighted that the geopolitical and development context of the Pacific has shifted and the region faces a range of external and internal factors that are acting to reshape it.
“Such factors spur u... More »
USP participates in ECE Teacher Development - 21 Jun 2017 12:31:58 pm
Early Childhood Education (ECE) is the foundation of the education system and plays a vital role in cementing the education journey of one’s life, said Mr Timoci Bure, Fiji’s Deputy Secretary Primary and Secondary Education.
He made the comment while officially opening the Sub-regional workshop on ECE Teacher Development in the Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) at Novotel, Nadi in Fiji on 20 June, 2017
The three-day conference will focus on pivotal areas to develop frameworks to strengthen the capacity of teachers involved in the Early Childhood Education... More »
Conference Creates Link between Research and Policy - 20 Jun 2017 01:36:47 pm
The Pacific Update Conference is a vital forum for discussing important issues of public policy in the region, said Honourable Dr Mahendra Reddy, Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts and National Archives of Fiji, during the opening of the Conference at the Japan Pacific ICT Centre on 20 June, 2017.
The 2017 Pacific Update Conference is organised by The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Economics in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and Australian National University’s (ANU) Development Policy Centre.
Hon. Dr Reddy stressed that ... More »
USP extends condolences to Vanuatu Government - 20 Jun 2017 08:33:44 am
The University of the South Pacific (USP) is deeply saddened by the sudden passing away of His Excellency Womtelo Reverend Baldwin Lonsdale, the President of Vanuatu.
On behalf of the University, Acting Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Derrick Armstrong extended their heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the Government and people of Vanuatu, and H.E. Lonsdale’s family and friends.
H.E. Lonsdale served as the 22nd Chancellor of USP for a period of one year from July 2015- June 2016 and the University is grateful for his services during this term which he... More »
Fiji Government lauds USP’s efforts in promoting research skills - 15 Jun 2017 12:43:49 pm
A Pacific People’s Research Skills symposium hosted by The University of the South Pacific (USP) was officially opened by Fiji’s Education Minister Honourable Dr Mahendra Reddy at USP’s lower campus on 14 June, 2017.
Dr Reddy welcomed USP participants from Tuvalu and Vanuatu including other institutions from the Fiji Police Force, Fiji National University, Royal University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia, Hanoi University in Vietnam and University of Adelaide in Australia.
Such symposiums help strengthen not only research skills but also the link b... More »
USP takes Braille Eye-Slate to Vanuatu - 15 Jun 2017 11:04:31 am
The University of the South Pacific (USP) donated a Braille Eye-Slate device to the Vanuatu Ministry of Education and Training on 9 June 2017.
While handing over the Braille Eye-Slate to Mr Roy Obed, Director of Education, Dr Utkal Mehta, Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering and Physics said that it was a happy occasion for the School to donate the device to Vanuatu as a member country of USP.
Dr Mehta noted that the Braille Eye-Slate is smaller in size and weight, compared to what is already in the market, as well as easier to use to assist students learn quicker. ... More »