(From L-R): Dr Nacanieli Rika, Acting Head of SOAF, Professor Arvind Patel, Acting Dean of FBE and Mr Rajeshwar Singh, USP Alumnus during their address
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USP Fijian language programme gets boost - 3 Apr 2017 04:50:54 pm
The Fijian language progamme at The University of the South Pacific (USP) will continue to be sustained for the next three years following funding from the ITaukei Trust Fund.
A cheque to support the first quarter and pay for the salaries of the three staff members and flexi school was presented by Mr. Isoa Kaloumaira, Director ITaukei Trust Fund to Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) on 29 March, 2017.
Dr Kedrayate said, “This fund is welcomed because it will help to sustain the programme. We are indeed very happy with our colla... More »
USP academic to be part of UNISDR STAG - 3 Apr 2017 04:49:08 pm
A senior lecturer at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD) has been selected to be part of the Science and Technology Advisory Group (STAG) at the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) from 2017-2018.
Dr Helene Jacot des Combes, who is teaching the Disaster Risk Management course, is excited to be part of an international expert group.
The principal goal of STAG is to provide scientific and technical expertise for the implementation of the Sendai Framework.
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Students in teacher education programmes undergo orientation - 3 Apr 2017 03:44:26 pm
An inaugural orientation session for students in the teacher training programmes at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Education (SOED) was held by the Fiji Teacher’s Registration Authority (FTRA) at the Laucala Campus on 21 March, 2017.
Aimed at orientating and addressing the first year students, Mr Pranil Deo, Manager, Professional Standards at FTRA touched on the role of the teaching profession, FTRA and its functions, modern skills needed to teach and the Professional Standards for Teachers in Fiji.
Quoting Mr John Hunter, an award-winning four... More »
USP acknowledges 2017 Medals & Prizes Awards Sponsors - 3 Apr 2017 11:24:23 am
The University of the South Pacific (USP) has acknowledged the sponsors of the 2017 Medals and Prizes ceremony which was held on 29 March, 2017 at the Japan-Pacific ICT Centre at the Laucala Campus.
In his keynote address, Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and International said the University remained grateful its sponsors who have been sponsoring this event consistently for a number of years now.
“The partnership between the private sector and the University has seen greater collaboration with our students gaining practical knowledge and resear... More »
Graduates share stories of challenge and success at USP - 31 Mar 2017 07:04:24 pm
Graduation is always a joyous, memorable and exciting moment for graduates, but for a graduate from Solomon Islands, The University of the South Pacific (USP) Laucala Graduation was an emotional one.
Harry Anigafutu Junior Waitara, who graduated with Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Geography on 31 March, 2017 along with 1,680 graduands, dedicated the award to his uncle, who he describes, was his driving force to pursue a degree from USP.
During his first year of university studies, Harry lost his uncle, who was his namesake, and since then has gone through a numbe... More »
USP records highest number of graduates - 31 Mar 2017 05:25:02 pm
A total of 1680 students of The University of the South Pacific (USP) graduated at the Vodafone Arena in Laucala, Suva on 31 March, 2017, the highest number ever recorded in the history of the University.
Fifty- seven per cent (57%) of the graduands were females.
This year, the graduation was held in two parts, the morning session and the afternoon session. The first session held in the morning was for graduates of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE), Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) and the Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE). T... More »
Gold Medallist lauds USP staff benefit scheme - 30 Mar 2017 04:31:22 pm
Gold Medallist and Assistant Lecturer at The University of the South Pacific (USP), Mr Dinesh Rao is thankful to the University for sponsoring its staff to undertake part time studies.
Under this benefit, USP encourages staff to undertake a range of accredited pre-tertiary, undergraduate and postgraduate study which is related to the skills and needs of the Faculties and Sections in which they work in. The staff member who is sponsored is exempted from paying tuition fees.
Mr Rao, who is the Assistant Lecturer at USP's School of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences (SCIMS), receiv... More »
USP marks Open Education week - 30 Mar 2017 04:23:16 pm
Open education is about access to educational opportunities, the practice of open learning and engagement with open scholarship, said Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Innovation and International.
He made the comments while officiating at the Open Education Showcase and Forum organised by the Centre for Flexible Learning on 29 March 2017 at the Laucala Campus in Suva.
According to Professor Armstrong, open access to learning is about inclusive and equal access to educational opportunities without barriers, such as lack of prior kn... More »
PICPA facilitates writing and policy workshop - 30 Mar 2017 04:15:34 pm
A workshop facilitated by The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Islands Centre for Public Administration (PICPA) on Writing at the Executive Level and Policy Writing was held in Suva on 27-31 March 2017.
Sponsored by the Australia Federal Police International Deployment Group’s Pacific Development Programme-Regional (AFP’s PPDP-R), participants featured senior police officers from the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
PICPA consultant Mr Viliame Rabici facilitated the workshop ... More »
USP awards high achievers - 29 Mar 2017 07:18:43 pm
Forty-eight (48) top achievers were awarded at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) 2017 Medals and Prizes ceremony on 29 March at the Japan-Pacific ICT Centre at the Laucala Campus in Suva.
The awards ceremony was attended by the USP Chancellor and Prime Minister of Cook Islands, Honourable Henry Puna; Pro-Chancellor and Chair of USP Council, Mr Winston Thompson and Mrs Queenie Thompson; Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Members of Council, Senate, FIC and ARC; Senior Management Team, Sponsors, Medals and Prizes recipients, Members of the Media and Families and Friends.
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