(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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Pacific discusses Income Inequality - 7 Apr 2017 03:37:51 pm
The Government of Fiji has instituted a number of policies to address income inequality in the country, a public seminar on Income Inequality heard in Suva on 6 April, 2017.
Honourable Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Fiji’s Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Public Enterprises, Civil Service and Communications made the comment during a panel discussion at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Japan-Pacific ICT Centre at its Laucala campus.
He noted that a decrease in the Gini coefficient, a widely measured tool for measuring income inequality, &... More »
FEMM ends with public seminar at USP - 7 Apr 2017 03:16:53 pm
The 2017 Forum Economic Minister’s Meeting (FEMM) concluded with a public seminar on ‘Income Inequality in the Pacific’ at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala campus in Suva on 6 April, 2017. The seminar was jointly organised by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and USP.
In welcoming panelists and the audience which comprised delegates of the FEMM, representatives from government and civil society, entrepreneurs, USP staff and students and members of the public, Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP said it was a real privilege to host such an... More »
USP installs solar desalination system on Yanuca Island - 7 Apr 2017 09:14:29 am
A team from The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Engineering and Physics (SEP) recently installed a solar desalination system on Yanuca Island, in the province of Serua in Fiji.
Yanuca is a small island located in the South West of Deuba, approximately 20 km away from the main island of Viti Levu where there is only one village with thirty nine families (39) and a total population of about two hundred (200) people. The island also has a primary school with about 60 students.
Associate Professor at SEP Dr Atul Raturi teamed up with his Master of Physics stu... More »
Another international accreditation for Pacific TAFE programme - 7 Apr 2017 09:10:30 am
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) has received another international accreditation by the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE) for its Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery programme.
This programme equips graduates with food preparation skills and technical knowledge to enable them to work independently in a commercial kitchen environment.
This is the third international accreditation that Pacific TAFE has received from THE-ICE and it also adds to the seven (7) int... More »
USP, UNICEF, EQAP discuss way forward for education - 5 Apr 2017 03:46:50 pm
A meeting to pave the way forward for education in the Region was held at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala Campus between the School of Education (SOEd), Educational Quality & Assessment Programme (EQAP) and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) on 29 March, 2017.
Dr Michelle Belisle, Director (EQAP) and Ms Niki Abrishamian, Chief of Education in the Pacific Islands, UNICEF met with staff of the SOEd led by Professor Govind Lingam, the Head of School.
“It was the first time for all of us to meet and discuss way... More »
USP academics receive grant from top Chinese think tank - 5 Apr 2017 08:11:01 am
Two academics from The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Law recently won a research grant of AUD 7000 from a top Chinese think tank, Guangdong Institute for International Strategies, to fund a research project which examines the development of legal framework for deep-sea mining in South Pacific Island States.
Senior lecturer, Dr Pierre-Jean Bordahandy and lecturer Dr Lili Song, who are based at USP’s Emalus Campus in Vanuatu, will conduct the research which will evaluate selected national deep-sea mining legal frameworks being developed by Pacific Island States in light of the United Nati... More »
USP graduates acknowledge families, lecturers - 3 Apr 2017 04:52:20 pm
Graduates of The University of the South Pacific (USP) who were conferred with their qualifications on 31 March, 2017 acknowledged the support of their families, lecturers, tutors and peers for successfully completing their studies.
Mr Josateki Nailati, who was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree said, “As much as today is about us, it is very much about the people that are gathered here. For we are here representing our families, our faith, our villages, provinces, kingdoms and our nations”.
Speaking during the morning graduation at the Vodafone Arena, Mr Nailati s... More »
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 »