DRC staff Monika Robinson (back row, 4th from the right) with community stakeholders who attended a USP DRC Disability Awareness & Advocacy presentation at the Vanuatu Society for Disabled People.
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UN, World leaders welcomed to SIDS Conference - 1 Sep 2014 03:31:26 pm
The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States got a spectacular opening on 31 August, 2014 in Apia, where Samoa Prime Minister Honourable Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi welcomed UN and world leaders to Samoa.
Honourable Malielegaoi thanked the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the UN for supporting Samoa in hosting the biggest conference ever to be held in the Pacific.
He also acknowledged the support of its Pacific island neighbours, the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and the Group of 77 plus China.
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USP farewells Dr Esther Williams - 1 Sep 2014 02:48:32 pm
Staff of The University of the South Pacific bid farewell to Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dr Esther Williams after 42 long years of service.
A large number of staff representing sections and departments, student leaders, and members of Council and Senate gathered at the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies performance area to bid a warm farewell to Dr Williams on 26 August, 2014.
The function included a farewell speech from USP Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rajesh Chandra and a response from DVC Williams.
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PIURN Memorandum of Cooperation launched - 29 Aug 2014 03:56:39 pm
A Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) was signed in Apia, Samoa for the Pacific Islands Universities Research Network (PIURN) on 29 August, 2014.
Present at the launch were Professor Rajesh Chandra, USP’s Vice Chancellor & President, Professor John Bythell, USP’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and International, Professor Leapai So’o, National University Samoa (NUS) Vice-Chancellor, Desmond Lee Hang, NUS, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Ms. Fadhila Lemeur, PACE-NET Plus Project, Manager, Professor Jean-Francois Marini, PACE-NET PLUS, Project Coordinator and Associate Professor Ioana Chen-Mow of NUS.... More »
World Bank approves funding for USP’s Regional ICT Project - 29 Aug 2014 02:52:30 pm
The World Bank has given the green-light for funding the Pacific Regional ICT Regulatory Development project to be managed by The University of the South Pacific.
The Financing Agreement that was signed by Franz R. Drees-Gross, Country Director for the Pacific Islands and Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP on August 27 provides USP funding amounting to the equivalent of US$ 4.5million for the Project over the next 5 years.
The project involves USP managing the project under a grant from the World Bank in response to a request from the Pacific Region&r... More »
USP to be represented at 3rd International Conference in SIDS - 26 Aug 2014 12:10:01 pm
The University of the South Pacific will be represented at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States which will be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa.
The conference will be preceded by activities related to the conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia, Samoa.
It will focus the world’s attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities.
The overarching theme of the Third International Conferenc... More »
USP launches Strategic Research Themes - 22 Aug 2014 03:42:18 pm
The University of the South Pacific launched its Strategic Research Themes (SRTs) at the Japan-Pacific ICT Multi-Purpose Theatre at Laucala Campus on Wednesday 20 August.
The SRTs are:
1. Economic Growth, Regional Cooperation and Integration for Sustainable Pacific Economie, led by Associate Professor Dibyendu Maiti;
2. Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change, led by Professor Elisabeth Holland;
3. Government, Public Policy and Social Cohesion; led by Professor Vijay Naidu;
4. Human Capacity Building & Leadership; led by Professor Shaun Goldfinch;
5. ICT &... More »
USP lecturer awarded for language revival in Fiji Hindi - 22 Aug 2014 10:52:27 am
A lecturer at The University of the South Pacific has been awarded a distinguished award for contributions to language revival in the Fiji diaspora by the Fiji Canada Day Celebrations Board (FCDCB).
The Fiji High Commissioner to the United States His Excellency Winston Thompson conferred the award on Associate Professor Dr Mohit Prasad during the Fiji Day Celebrations at Newton Athletic Park in Surrey, Canada on August 9.
The award was recognised at the Canadian Federal and British Columbia Provincial Government levels.
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USP VC holds Laucala Staff Forum - 22 Aug 2014 10:35:37 am
The Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of the South Pacific Professor Rajesh Chandra took time out to brief the staff on key areas of the University’s work and to hear concerns and grievances from staff during the Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Forum at the Laucala Campus on 14 August.
The Forum was attended by staff including members of the Senior Management Team at the Japan-Pacific ICT Multipurpose Theatre at the Laucala Campus.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dr. Esther Williams welcomed all staff present and highlighted the focus of the University in fully implemen... More »
Campus Directors play ‘crucial role in transforming USP’ - 20 Aug 2014 04:33:44 pm
It is a collective exercise to transform The University of the South Pacific from a good to an excellent University and Campus Directors have a huge role to play in it, says USP Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rajesh Chandra.
Professor Chandra made the comment during the Regional Campus Directors meeting at Suva’s Southern Cross Hotel on Monday 18 August.
“A lot of things have changed to the extent that our campuses are looking much better, perhaps not as much as we would like it to but they have improved significantly,” he noted.
“As the Vice... More »
USP Student Forum with VC, a Success - 20 Aug 2014 03:24:26 pm
Students of The University of the South Pacific’s Laucala Campus had the opportunity to air their opinions and discuss directly with management some of their concerns during the Vice-Chancellor’s Student Forum on Thursday 14 August.
Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rajesh Chandra said USP is primarily about providing students the best quality of teaching and an environment conducive to learning, among other things, not only to pass but to excel.
“USP wants to make you a worthwhile person, someone who will succeed in life and become a good ambassador for ... More »