(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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USP, USAID hosts Climate Finance Workshop - 27 Jun 2017 12:18:40 pm
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD) is hosting a two-week Climate Finance Workshop for Community Adaptation funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) at the Lower Campus in Laucala.
In opening the workshop on 26 June, 2017, Her Excellency Judith Cefkin, US Ambassador to Fiji said Pacific Island countries are at the forefront of the increasing climate variabilities and disaster risks that we all face and are also on the frontlines advocating for sustainable development that effectively addresses these chall... More »
Importance of ECE stressed at subregional workshop - 23 Jun 2017 03:06:40 pm
The week-long Sub-regional workshop on Early Childhood Education (ECE) Teacher Development in the Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) came to a close at the Novotel, Nadi on 21 June, 2017.
In his closing address, Dr Mahendra Reddy, Fiji’s Honourable Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts said the fact that twenty per cent of the last national budget was allocated to the Ministry of Education is testament to the fact that Fiji is leading the way in education.
He noted that ECE centres are very critical places as they provide a transitory poin... More »
Renewable Energy in the Pacific - 23 Jun 2017 03:02:55 pm
A plenary session discussing ‘Renewable Energy in the Pacific’ was part of the 2017 Pacific Update Conference on 21 June 2017, which was co-organised by The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Economics, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Australian National University’s (ANU) Development Policy Centre.
Chaired by USP’s Dr Ajal Kumar, the panellists included Associate Professor Evanthie Michalena, Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Sunshine Coast, Dr Mathew Dornan, Deputy Director of ANU’s Development Policy Centre, and Mr Taniela Faletau, Safeguards Officer ba... More »
USP lecturers discuss Fiji’s economy and urbanisation - 22 Jun 2017 05:01:50 pm
It is the private sector initiatives and private citizens of the country that create economy, said Dr Sunil Kumar, Senior Lecturer at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Economics.
Dr Kumar shared this message during Day 2 of the 2017 Pacific Update Conference on 21 June at Japan-Pacific ICT Multipurpose Theatre, Laucala Campus.
He talked about the Fijian economy, highlighting its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth trends and prospects, an analysis of the economic sectors, some challenges for the economy and provided some policy remarks.
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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 »