Participants at the Indo-Pacific Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) Network Council Meeting. Standing (L-R): Patrick (USP), Loata (USP), Lavenia, Jovelyn (Philippines), Peter (Solomon Is), Brad (Fiji), Cliff (Indonesia), Jorg (Pohnpei), Maxine (PNG), Wayne (Palau), Ron (USP). Sitting (L-R): Alifereti (USP), Sonny (Philippines), Joseph (Indonesia), Joyce (Palau), Mike (Pohnpei), Wendy (Network Manager) and Jimmy (Solomon Is).
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SPC awards scholarships to USP’s community development students - 28 May 2014 11:56:59 am
Sixteen students have been awarded scholarships this semester by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to mark the transfer of the community development course from SPC to The University of the South Pacific (USP).
Mrs Fekitamoeloa ‘Utoikamanu, SPC Deputy Director-General and Director, Education, Training and Human Development Division said that while this is being done under the SPC and USP Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), there appears to be “a strategic vision through the quick take-up of this SPC course by USP and an appreciation of the shared goals and responsibilities which we as regional ... More »
USP 2014 Careers & Entrepreneurial Fair launched - 28 May 2014 08:31:53 am
Fiji’s Minister for Youth and Sports, Commander Viliame Naupoto, launched The University of the South Pacific’s Careers and Entrepreneurial Fair at Laucala campus on May 26.
In his keynote address, Commander Naupoto said in order to prepare our young people to meet the challenges and opportunities in this globalised and technology-driven and innovative world, we cannot work alone in grooming the talents for the future of Fiji.
“All stakeholders, especially businesses and enterprises, have an indispensable role to play by providing training and internship opport... More »
USP Labasa Campus students perform new production - 26 May 2014 11:12:11 am
The Labasa Diabetes Theatre troupe or Cheenikum Sukalailai Troupe based at the USP Labasa Campus performed their new production for diabetes patients at the Labasa Hospital on May 20.
The troupe directed by Dr Mohit Prasad, has been performing plays on diabetes awareness at the Labasa Hospital, and community events, schools and at the Labasa USP Open Day since May 2013.
The new production, ‘Healing Faith’, written by Dr Prasad explores the resistance to western medicine and healing due to traditional beliefs, medicines and the recourse to faith healers. The first pla... More »
78th USP Council meets in Niue - 26 May 2014 10:17:16 am
The 78th USP Council meeting was held at the Millennium Hall in Alofi, Niue from 21-22 May 2014.
The Council meets twice a year to discuss the affairs of the University and make major decisions. The first meeting is held in one of the member countries and the second is always held in Fiji.
The Council is the highest decision-making body of the University and comprises the Pro-Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor and President, representatives of the 12 member country governments, staff, students, community and business leaders. One representatives of Australia and New Zealand and a member of a CROP agency are also part of the Council. A representative each of the Asian... More »
USP and Wuhan University (China) talk on GNSS - 23 May 2014 12:14:19 pm
The University of the South Pacific is currently engaging in talks with China’s Wuhan University for long term research collaborations in the field of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).
Professor Shi Chuang and Professor Zhao Qile from GNSS Research Centre, Wuhan University, China and Professor Yanming Feng from Queensland University of Technology, Australia, visited USP’s School of Engineering and Physics at the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment on May 11-13.
The discussion, which was led by USP’s Associate Professor Sushil Kumar, focused... More »
USP’s ESA visits Senior Citizens Home - 22 May 2014 02:34:40 pm
Members of USP’s Economics Students Association (ESA) along with some staff of the School of Economics visited the Suva Senior Citizens Home to offer gifts and carry out volunteer work on April 26.
The activity is part of the ESA's initiative in giving back to the community , in coalition with the USP Campus Life volunteer initiative.
The senior citizens were visited and treated by some 10 staff members and 40 student volunteers from Fiji and regional countries. The students ranged from first year to postgraduate students.
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Kiribati, USP sign agreements for new campus - 21 May 2014 04:59:04 pm
Plans to construct the new USP Kiribati campus will get off the ground soon following the signing of a Loan Agreement and a Guarantee Agreement by USP’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Special Duties), Dr Esther Williams and the Kiribati Minister of Finance & Economic Development, Honourable Mr Tom Murdoch respectively on 20 May, 2014.
The signing is part of the process of securing additional financing of US$1m from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), for the construction of the new USP Kiribati Campus.
The two Agreements have been sent to the ADB HQ in Manila and is scheduled t... More »
USP Emalus campus takes part in Vanuatu ICT Day - 21 May 2014 09:28:01 am
Staff and students of The University of the South Pacific’s Emalus campus participated in the Vanuatu ICT Day on May 16 and 17 at the Seafront Park in Port Vila.
The official programme began with an address from the new Vanuatu Prime Minister, Mr Joe Natuman who emphasized the importance of ICT for increasing educational opportunities for students in Vanuatu.
As one of the main participants at the event, USP created a float for the opening parade with a design demonstrating how USP uses ICT to educate students all over the Pacific region.
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US periodical publishes PhD research by USP staff - 21 May 2014 07:58:05 am
An influential peace journalism periodical has published an article about USP academic Shailendra Singh's PhD research on conflict reporting in Fiji.
The Peace Journalist is a semi-annual publication of the Centre for Global Peace Journalism at Park University, Missouri.
Edited by Steven Youngblood, director of the Centre for Global Peace Journalism, The Peace Journalist disseminates news about teachers, students, scholars and practitioners of peace journalism.
The comprehensive April 2014 issue contains articles... More »
Flexible learning is the answer to Pacific’s challenges - 19 May 2014 02:13:28 pm
Flexible learning is the answer to the Pacific’s educational challenges such as access and equity, geographical composition, remoteness, infrastructure and internationally benchmarked competencies.
The comment was made by USP’s Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research & International, Professor John Bythell while opening the Flexible Technical, Vocational and Education Training (TVET) workshop at USP’s Statham campus on May 19.
“Hence it is imperative for the region to work with development partners such as the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) to overcome some of ... More »