(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’s Social Work Programme gets ACWA accreditation - 13 Jun 2017 09:02:01 am
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Bachelor of Arts, Social Work major has been accredited by the Australian Community Works Association (ACWA).
ACWA aims to advance the profession of community work and set, strengthen and provide the educational, professional and ethical standards essential for exemplary community work practice.
In a letter to the University, Sha Cordingley, the Chief Executive Officer of ACWA, stated that the accredited programme status recognises that USP meets ACWA requirements, in that:
the qua... More »
USP VC stresses need for committed leadership for ocean sustainability - 12 Jun 2017 02:31:40 pm
To uphold the aspiration of the UN Oceans Conference, there needs to be more than just business-as-usual and a demonstration of committed leadership and excellence in scientific research, to promote the health of our ocean for our people, planet and prosperity.
These were the words of Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of the South Pacific (USP) during a UNOC Side Event, High Level Exchange: Pacific Leadership through Innovative Approaches to the Oceans Economy – Pacific 2050 on 8 June, 2017.
Chaired by the Honourab... More »
USP Records office celebrates International Archives Day 2017 - 12 Jun 2017 02:21:23 pm
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Records Management office celebrated International Archives Day 2017 on Friday, 9 June by sorting out records older than the University, to ensure their preservation and longevity.
Staff spent the day sorting and cleaning records that have been deposited from many parts of the University and that have sat relatively untouched since they arrived. The building of new racks and shelving were a major feature of the day’s activities.
Mr Jason Flello, Manager, Records Management said the Records Office does not... More »
World Bank Funded Vanuatu REDD+ SESA Project awarded to IAS - 12 Jun 2017 02:19:26 pm
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Institute of Applied Sciences (IAS) was awarded the Vanuatu Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) project by the Government of Vanuatu and World Bank in March 2017.
This follows the Fiji REDD+ SESA project awarded to IAS in September 2016. Dr Johann Poinapen, the Director of IAS, attributed the Vanuatu SESA project award to the positive feedback from World Bank in the successful implementation of the Fiji SESA currently underway.
The 12-month... More »
Oceans matter to USP, says Professor Chandra - 9 Jun 2017 04:59:15 pm
The Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of the South Pacific (USP), Professor Rajesh Chandra said the University straddles an area of 33 million square kilometres so whatever happens to the oceans, happens to its member countries and ultimately, the University.
He made the comment during the official announcement of USP and University of Bergen’s partnership on a Joint Chair for Ocean Studies on 7 June 2017 at Hotel Millennium in New York.
Professor Chandra firstly acknowledged the superb performance of the USP’s Oceania Dance Theatre at the event saying ... More »
USP, University of Bergen agree on Joint Chair in Ocean Studies - 9 Jun 2017 04:49:10 pm
The University of the South Pacific (USP) has reaffirmed its commitment towards the conservation and sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources by announcing a USP-Norway Joint Chair in Ocean studies and a list of voluntary commitments by USP during the Norwegian reception on 7 June 2017 at Hotel Millennium in New York.
The announcements were made at a United Nations Ocean Conference (UNOC) Side Event where Professor Rajesh Chandra, USP Vice-Chancellor and President and Professor Jarl Giske, Marine Dean of the University of Bergen announced that both the universities will establish a high-profile Joint Chair... More »
USP reiterates importance of oceans at UNOC Side Event - 9 Jun 2017 09:28:50 am
The Pacific Ocean is not just important to the Pacific Islands, it is a matter of survival and to a dignified existence.
Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP, made the comment during the High-Level Meeting - Developing regional nodes for capacity building and transfer of marine technology using data-based reporting to support delivery of SDG14 in the South Pacific and Beyond in New York on 5 June, 2017. The side event was organised by the Australian Mission to the United Nations.
He stated that as an Oceanic University, the Pacific Ocean is therefore vi... More »
Pacific Voices for a Global Ocean Challenge Conference at USP - 8 Jun 2017 03:46:53 pm
The Embassy of France and The University of the South Pacific (USP) with the support of the Fijian Government organised a two-day Pacific Voices for a Global Ocean Challenge conference from 8-9 June 2017 at the Japan-Pacific ICT Multipurpose Theatre, Laucala Campus, Suva.
The Pacific Voices for a Global Ocean Challenge Conference aims to raise awareness of the best practices in the sustainable development of oceans and is an external side event to the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York.
Conference participants are government officials; civil society organisations; ocean... More »
USP participates at UNOC Sharp End Partnership Side Event - 8 Jun 2017 03:08:55 pm
The University of the South Pacific (USP) will support efforts to document stories of people living at the sharp end of environmental damage, degradation and risk.
This was the comment made by Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP, at a UN Oceans Conference Side Event, Our oceans, our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14”, at Conference Room A, UN Headquarters, New York on 6 June, 2017.
The ocean he explained, is an integral part of life for Pacific people both today and in the past. “Traditional societ... More »
Bowling Green State University (BGSU) students visit USP - 8 Jun 2017 02:52:07 pm
Nine (9) students and a lecturer from the BGSU (Bowling Green State University) based in Ohio, the United States, recently visited The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala Campus under the ISA (International Study Abroad) scheme.
BGSU is a partner of ISA and USP receives on average twenty (20) students under the ISA scheme to study here, on an annual basis.
ISA has a mission to provide high quality education abroad opportunities to American college students. BGSU, in partnership with ISA, through its custom programmes work together to design programmes that... More »