(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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Regional organisations support for Pacific Countries at UN Oceans Conference - 7 Jun 2017 12:20:07 pm
Leaders from Pacific island countries and territories will attend the United Nations Oceans Conference in New York next week looking to show the world how important a healthy ocean is for their sustainable development, their prosperity, and their future.
The United Nations Oceans Conference is being co-chaired by the governments of Fiji and Sweden. The Conference aims to be the game changer that will reverse the decline in the health of our oceans.
The Conference will comprise plenary meetings, partnership dialogues and a special event commemorating World Oceans Day on the 8th o... More »
Four New Qualifications for Pacific TAFE - 7 Jun 2017 10:16:56 am
The 84th Council Meeting of The University of the South Pacific (USP) approved four new qualifications for Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) which will be rolled out from Semester 2, 2017.
These qualifications are Diploma of Library and Information Services (Level 5); Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5); Certificate III in Resilience (Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction); and Certificate IV in Resilience (Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction).
Both qualifications on Resilience provide learners... More »
USP introduces Postgraduate Diploma in Cybersecurity - 5 Jun 2017 03:55:59 pm
Cybersecurity breaches are a growing concern, hence The University of the South Pacific (USP) is introducing the Postgraduate Diploma in Cybersecurity which will be offered from Semester 2, 2017.
Offered through the University’s School of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences (SCIMS), the Postgraduate Diploma in Cybersecurity will provide managers and practitioners, the skills they need to protect their Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure and investments.
Students undertaking this programme will be able to apply information assurance p... More »
USP Pro Vice-Chancellor (Flexible Learning) to be part of International Panel of Judges - 2 Jun 2017 09:39:42 am
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pro Vice-Chancellor (Flexible Learning) and Director of the Centre for Flexible Learning, Professor Som Naidu has been invited to join an international panel of distinguished judges for the Higher Education Academy’s Global Teaching Excellence Award (GTEA).
GTEA is a new global award for teaching and learning in higher education and is the first of its kind, with the distinct purpose of recognising and celebrating institutional commitment to driving teaching and learning excellence.
The award recognises that teaching excell... More »
USP International Office Volunteer Day, A Success - 2 Jun 2017 09:36:11 am
International students from The University of the South Pacific (USP) spent a fun-filled day with students of the Fiji School of the Blind in Vatuwaqa, Suva as part of their Volunteer Day on 20 May, 2017.
The event is organised by the International Office where one day in each semester is dedicated to community engagement with staff, interns and international students.
Nonu Pesamino, International CR Assistant, said the day was spent with the children of the school and activities included a tour of the Blind school classrooms and dormitories, singing, playing outdoor games, read... More »
International students complete attachment at USP - 1 Jun 2017 11:25:35 am
Two award-winning New Zealand graduate journalists on attachment at The University of the South Pacific (USP) have completed their attachment saying it was an enriching experience.
They are Julie Cleaver, a Communication Studies Honours student journalist and editor of the student magazine Debate, and Kendall Hutt, Pacific Media Watch contributing editor from the Pacific Media Centre at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).
They were in Fiji for two (2) weeks in May as part of the Bearing Witness climate change ... More »
USP – Shining Example of Regional Cooperation - 31 May 2017 12:55:41 pm
USP is the best example of regional cooperation, said Honourable Henry Puna, USP Chancellor and Prime Minister of Cook Islands.
Hon. Puna expressed these sentiments at a dinner hosted by the University for Council members in Majuro, Republic of Marshall Islands on 25 May 2017.
He highlighted that those who are connected to the University should be proud of being part of the USP family because USP is the only success story of regional cooperation in the Pacific.
“In education, USP is a shining example of what we can do as a region bec... More »
OER Policy Development Workshop at USP - 31 May 2017 12:40:27 pm
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL) recently organised a two-day workshop at the Laucala Campus in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) to improve a draft institutional policy on Open Educational Resources (OER).
Held on 25-26 May, the workshop was co-facilitated by Professor Som Naidu, Pro-Vice Chancellor Flexible Learning and Director CFL and Dr. Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist eLearning from COL.
While opening the workshop, Professor Jito Vanualailai, Director Research reiterated the University’s com... More »
USP Signs MOU with the College of Marshall Islands - 26 May 2017 05:22:04 pm
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between The University of the South Pacific (USP) and the College of Marshall Islands (CMI) was signed on 26 May 2017.
The MOU is designed to foster a collaborative relationship through mutual cooperation in teaching and research between the two parties and agreed on the following areas of cooperation:
Joint projects with National Science Foundation on Science Technology Engineering and Mathematicsbased learning and teaching programmes to support the RMI public and private schools;
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84th USP Council Meeting in Marshall Islands Concludes - 26 May 2017 03:21:11 pm
The 84th Council meeting of The University of the South Pacific (USP) successfully concluded at USP’s Marshall Islands Campus, in Majuro, from 24 - 25 May 2017.
USP Council is the highest decision-making body of the University, and meets twice a year to discuss the affairs of the University and comprises the Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, the Vice-Chancellor and President, representatives of the 12 member country governments, staff and students. One representative each from Australia and New Zealand are also part of the Council.
The two-day meeting was cha... More »