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USP student Siwan Narayan (2nd from right) is one of the first five successful recipients of Fiji's YES, awarded by the Honourable Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

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USP Vice-Chancellor Receives Vanuatu Meritorious Service Medal - 1 Aug 2016 10:02:58 am
The Pro-Chancellor Winston Thompson and Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rajesh Chandra   visited   Vanuatu from 29 July to attend celebrations to mark the country's 36th independence anniversary. Vanuatu gained political independence on July 30th 1980. On the morning of Saturday 30th July 2016, USP delegates joined many thousands of dignitaries and people at the flag-raising ceremony at the Independence Park in the capital, Port Vila. Following the flag-raising ceremony, Professor Chandra was among those honoured with the Vanuatu Meritorious Servi... More »

Thousands of students attend USP Open Day 2016 - 29 Jul 2016 04:31:20 pm
Thousands of students came to The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala Campus in Suva during its Open Day 2016 on 29 July. A total of 80 schools with close to 8000 students, visited the Laucala Campus, including from Suva, Nausori, Lautoka, Nadi, Ba, Tavua, Nadroga, Navosa, Ra, Cakaudrove, Bua and Macuata. Schools from the maritime zone also attended including from the Yasawa Group and the Eastern Division comprising of Cicia High School in the Lau group, Rotuma High and Levuka Public School. 17 schools visited the Lautoka Campus and 18 schools visited the Labasa Campus respectively.  ... More »

Be passionate about learning – PM Bainimarama - 29 Jul 2016 01:46:35 pm
Fiji’s Prime Minister and Minister for i-Taukei Affairs and Sugar Industry, Honourable Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama officially opened The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Open Day 2016 at the main Laucala campus in Suva on 29 July 2016. Thousands of secondary school students turned up at Laucala to find out for themselves the various programmes and courses offered by the three Faculties and their respective schools and witness the entertainment by USP students, participate in competitions. In his keynote address, Honourable Bainimarama said the Open Day is a powe... More »

Launch of Microsoft Initiative at USP - 22 Jul 2016 03:00:18 pm
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP), School of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences (SCIMS) launched the ‘Microsoft’s Student Accelerator Programme’ on 21 July 2016. The Programme will facilitate various on-campus events for students like certifications, application development workshops, coding competitions, online courses and webinars (web seminars). The programme is aimed at empowering students with additional skills that the industry expects from graduates and to give them the edge to compete among job seekers. ... More »

USP weaving workshop, a success - 22 Jul 2016 02:38:29 pm
A week-long weaving workshop from 4 to 8 July at The University of the South Pacific (USP) proved successful with participants from a wide cross-section of the community. In collaboration with Macquarie University, the Fiji Museum and Fiji Arts Council, the workshop is part of a larger research project on weaving in Fiji that has been approved by the Fiji’s i-Taukei Affairs Ministry. Visual Arts Coordinator at USP’s Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies (OCACPS), Johanna Beasely said the aim of the workshop is to share, and gather information ... More »

Palau to host 13th Public Service Commissioners’ Conference - 22 Jul 2016 02:09:14 pm
Palau will host the 13th Pacific Public Service Commissioners’ Conference (PPSCC) from 2 to 4 August 2016. According to a statement from the Palau Ministry of Finance, the annual conference is organised by the ministry’s Bureau of Public Service System in collaboration with The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Island Centre for Public Administration (PICPA). As the host country, Palau will manage the in-country logistical arrangements for the Conference and ensure that resources and arrangements required for an efficient and effective ... More »

Enhancing ICT in the Pacific – Ms Emma Veve - 22 Jul 2016 02:02:36 pm
The high cost of internet services in the Pacific is hindering opportunities such as communication, access to education, government services, and business prospects. This was the message by the Director of Urban, Social Development and Public Management of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Ms Emma Veve at the 2016 Pacific Update Conference at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala Campus on 19 July 2016. As part of her presentation on ‘Enhancing ICT in the Pacific: Becoming connected’, Ms Veve talked about how to help Pacific people operat... More »

PIC diplomats briefed on USP developments - 22 Jul 2016 09:11:35 am
                  The University of the South Pacific (USP) held its first briefing session with the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) diplomats, based in Fiji on 22 July 2016. Its main purpose was to inform PICs Diplomats... More »

Pacific Update Conference ends on a high note - 20 Jul 2016 03:04:44 pm
Ensuring inclusive, sustainable growth to improve the economic and social resilience of our countries is one of the most critical development challenges for the Pacific region, said Acting Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Andie Fong Toy. Ms Fong Toy made the remarks while officially closing the Pacific Update conference 2016 at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala campus on 19 July, 2016. She noted that the conference theme, ‘Inclusive Growth for Enhanced Resilience’ is timely. Ms ... More »

ICTs important for Pacific – Professor Rajesh Chandra - 20 Jul 2016 02:22:39 pm
Information Communication Technologies (ICT) are more important for the Pacific Islands than for the others given that the Pacific Islands are scattered over larger areas and have very small economies that need to play to the larger demand at the world stage, said Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of the South Pacific (USP) Professor Rajesh Chandra during the 2016 Pacific Update Conference on 19 July 2016. Professor Chandra presented on the ‘Role of ICT in Development’ as part of a panel discussion on ICT at the Japan-Pacific ICT Multipurpose Theatre. H... More »

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