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PICPA Capacity Development and Training Advisor and Workshop Facilitator, Mata’afa Dr Desmond Amos (second from left) with the workshop attendees

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Staff celebrate progress - 19 Dec 2014 01:27:37 pm
The University of the South Pacific (USP) Laucala Campus staff gathered to celebrate with colleagues all the hard work and achievements of the University during the annual end of year function. USP Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra, said it was also a time for management to “thank you all of for your contributions in 2014”. “When the University does well, it is because all of you have done well. The University is nothing without the people working for it,” Professor Chandra said. He said everyo... More »

Workshop focuses on Economic Forecasting & Fiscal Planning - 19 Dec 2014 11:02:08 am
Workshops on macroeconomic forecasting and long term fiscal planning for officials from Ministries of Finance and Central Banks of Cook Islands, Fiji, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu were conducted from 2-11 December. The workshops were run by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre (PFTAC), Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), and the Pacific Islands Centre for Public Administration (PICPA). It provided participants with basic tools to assess the long-te... More »

PICPA facilitates PFM Reform Roadmap of Tonga - 18 Dec 2014 01:29:17 pm
A two-day meeting facilitated by the Pacific Islands Centre for Public Administration (PICPA) on 9-10 December 2014 at Novotel House, Suva has paved the design of the next stage of the Tonga Public Financial Management (PFM) Reform Roadmap Programme.  The PFM Reform Roadmap was approved by the Tongan Cabinet on 24 October, 2014. The objective of the meeting was to review the preliminary work plan and allocation of responsibilities as well as expectations for all parties and the progress of the programme to date and identified further action for the forthcoming years. ... More »

Chemistry student scoops inaugural Medica Pacifica award - 17 Dec 2014 03:16:19 pm
Daniel Kumar, a student majoring in Chemistry at The University of the South Pacific (USP) has been awarded the inaugural Medica Pacifica (South Pacific) Ltd Award in the course Special Topics in Chemistry (CH 306). This award recognises the achievement of highest Course Assessment in CH 306, where nanosensing technology is a core component of the course.  The Award was presented by the Managing Director of Medica Pacifica, Mr. Bhoo Gautam (Jnr.) at the Company’s Suva office. In presenting the award, Mr. Gautam expressed his hap... More »

PICPA increases Public Sector Management Alumni - 17 Dec 2014 12:09:23 pm
A total of 18 students each from the Samoa and Vanuatu Public Service have graduated with a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management (GCPSM). They were awarded their certificates during the recent graduation ceremonies at USP’s Alafua and Emalus Campuses respectively. Their studies were sponsored by the Pacific Islands Centre for Public Administration (PICPA), an Australian-funded project based at USP’s Laucala Campus. It is an integral component of USP's Strategic Plan 2013 – 2018 under the leadership of the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor... More »

Vanuatu PM highlights support for USP - 16 Dec 2014 02:50:26 pm
The Prime Minister of Vanuatu, His Excellency Honourable Joe Natuman, highlighted his government’s continued support towards The University of the South Pacific (USP). Hon Natuman, who is also an alumnus of USP, said the University played a key role in the development of human resource capacity in the region. “USP is very important. I came to this University to complete my degree in the 1970s and graduated in 1978, and most of the leaders in Vanuatu and Pacific are USP graduates,” he said. “We are appreciative from ... More »

USP holds graduation for 78 students in Samoa - 15 Dec 2014 03:50:43 pm
A total of 78 students graduated from The University of the South Pacific (USP)’s Alafua Campus in Samoa on 12 December, 2014. Those in attendance included the Principal of Piula Theological College Reverend Solomona Potogi and members of the Clergy; His Excellency Sir Iakoba Taeia Italeli, Governor General of Tuvalu and Chancellor of USP & Lady Koling Italeli; Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, Mr. Ikbal Jannif; Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Hon. Magele Mauiliu Magele; Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Le Mamea Ropati; Minister of Health, Hon. Tuitama Talalelei Tuitama; Honourable M... More »

Shaiza represents USP in SYLFF meeting - 15 Dec 2014 02:26:12 pm
Research Student Coordinator Shaiza Janif represented The University of the South Pacific (USP) at the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) Administrators Meeting organised by the Tokyo Foundation in Japan recently. USP, as part of this programme, administers the SYLFF awards for postgraduate studies in humanities and social sciences.  “I represented USP for this meeting which included research fellows, research coordinators and professors of various institutions across the globe to discuss SYLFF administration along the theme of "challenges and... More »

USP, PDF sign MOU - 11 Dec 2014 02:55:38 pm
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by The University of the South Pacific (USP) and the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) will allow for both institutions to carry out joint research activities, community awareness and advocacy initiatives. The MOU was signed during the International Day for Disabled Person’s celebrations at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) on 3 December, 2014. The agreement will also allow for the exchange of support services staff, participation in seminars and academic meetings and exchange of academic materials and other information.... More »

USP to lead Bio-Prospecting Projects - 11 Dec 2014 09:26:23 am
The University of the South Pacific (USP) will soon be in a prime position in implementing Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) policies under the Nagoya protocol by leading possible bio-prospecting projects and assisting the region in archiving samples and results. This, following the 5th Pacific Sub-regional Bio-prospecting Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) workshop in Sydney, Australia on November 10 – 13. USP was represented by the Centre for Drug Discovery & Conservation (CDDC). CDDC is part of the Institute of Applied Sciences (IAS) located on USP’s Lower Campus... More »

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