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ANU and USP Vice-Chancellors Professor Pal Ahluwalia and Professor Brian Schmidt with staff of both institutions following the meeting at the Laucala Campus.

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SOEd & Education Minister discuss teacher education in SI - 5 Mar 2018 03:50:11 pm
Teaching and education issues confronting the Solomon Islands was the focus of discussion between The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Education (SOEd) and the Honourable John Dean Kuku, the Solomon Islands Minister for Education at the Laucala Campus on 16 February 2018. Hon. Kuku attended the USP Finance and Investment Committee (FIC) prior to the discussions and according to Professor Govinda Lingam; Head of the SOEd, their meeting was a success. The SOEd is currently assisting Solomon Islands with the training of unqualified teachers, having completed ... More »

SOEd to deliver teacher education in Vanuatu - 2 Mar 2018 01:23:35 pm
Vanuatu’s educational needs and identification of areas where the School of Education’s (SOEd) expertise could be best utilised were a major focus of discussion between Mr Jesse Dick Joe, the Director-General of Education and Training in Vanuatu, and teaching staff of SOEd. Chaired by Professor Govinda Lingam, Head of the SOEd, at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala Campus, the meeting was an opportunity for programme coordinators to brief Mr Joe on the School’s education programmes.  The Director-General described Vanuatu’s lat... More »

First 50th Anniversary Research Seminar on Shark Life and Sanctuary in Fiji - 2 Mar 2018 01:04:18 pm
The University of the South Pacific (USP) started its 50th Anniversary Research Presentation Series with an interactive presentation entitled, “Endangered Hammerhead and Vulnerable Bull Sharks find Life and Sanctuary in Fiji” by Professor Ciro Rico, Head of School of Marine Studies (SMS) and Project Team Leader. The Presentation, which was held on 28 February 2018 at the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies (OCACPS) attracted Fiji government officials, community members, villagers, secondary school teachers, private sector representatives, researchers, staff and students... More »

USP farewells ADB’s Regional Director - 1 Mar 2018 01:55:21 pm
The University of the South Pacific (USP) hosted a farewell lunch for Mr Robert Jauncey, Regional Director, Asian Development Bank, South Pacific Sub-Regional Office at the Tiko’s Floating Restaurant in Suva, on 26 February, 2018. Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP acknowledged Mr Jauncey’s contribution towards leveraging the University’s relationship with ADB, saying the significant assistance and support provided during his tenure in Fiji is highly appreciated. “Your term as Regional Director for the ADB’s Sub-Regional ... More »

USP introduces Event APP - 1 Mar 2018 01:52:35 pm
A key feature of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) weeklong Entrepreneurial Fair from 19-23rd February, 2018 was the introduction of an Event APP, arguably first for Fiji and USP. Mr Glenn Pope, Campus Life Group Manager confirmed that the APP was specifically designed for the event which was used to disseminate information about the event. He stated that information disseminated during the week included the main programme, details of the speakers, the YES Programme and interactive maps, among others. “By using the US... More »

Fijian President commends USP for Portable Fish Smoker - 28 Feb 2018 08:45:30 am
The University of  the South Pacific’s (USP) 24th Chancellor and President of Fiji, His Excellency Major General (Ret'd) Jioji Konusi Konrote visited the University’s Marine Campus on 23 February 2018, to witness first-hand a demonstration of the functioning of a Portable Smoker for fish. Last year, H.E Konrote visited the University’s Laucala Campus as part of his tour during graduation, and was shown the seafood village and laboratory at the Marine Campus, which included an industrial smoker. The smoker, which was donated by Japan Int... More »

First Untrained Teachers Cohort for Tuvalu Campus - 27 Feb 2018 12:37:01 pm
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Tuvalu Campus recently marked a milestone when the first cohort for Certificate in Teaching (Primary) began with 30 teachers. Funding for the cohort was negotiated by Dr. Rosiana Lagi, USP Tuvalu campus Director and Mr. Talavai Iona, former Permanent Secretary for Education in an effort to improve teachers’ pedagogy, literacy skills, assessment and curriculum development skills, standards, academic achievements, practice and education in Tuvalu as a whole.  According to Dr Lagi, the 2015 Education For All Report by UNI... More »

Sustainable Development and Resilience: Can Education Systems Deliver? - 26 Feb 2018 12:34:06 pm
Professor Konai Helu Thaman’s response to the above question, asked on the first session of Day one (1) of the 20th Conference of the Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM), in Nadi from 19-23 February 2018, was a resounding No and argued that education systems cannot deliver  if it is going to be business as usual. A renowned educationalist in the Pacific, and Professor of Pacific Education and Culture at USP,  Professor Thaman said this was because our education system is a remnant of a colonial system of education, which privileged academic education based on subjects, reflect the knowle... More »

USP staff develops Snap TopUp app - 23 Feb 2018 01:23:44 pm
A staff member of The University of the South Pacific (USP) has developed an Application (App) called the Snap TopUp, which has the potential to support mobile devices. Mr Sanjeet Chand of USP’s Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL) initiated the notion after he mistyped his pin when trying to top up his phone and later discarded the card. The incident prompted the idea of making a better and safer way to top up or recharge mobile phones with credit using the phone’s camera by scanning the card. Professor Som Naidu, Pro Vice-Chanc... More »

Two USP Convention Instruments deposited with Fiji Government - 23 Feb 2018 09:53:20 am
The University of the South Pacific (USP) deposited additional Instruments of Ratification for the USP Convention by two of its member countries - Cook Islands and Nauru - at the Fiji Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Suva. The Instruments were deposited by Mr Winston Thompson, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the USP Council, and received by Ratu Tui Cavuilati, the Roving Ambassador for Oceania, on 22 February, 2018. “We have this Convention that the 12 members of the University have agreed to sign and ratify and we have a two-year window which expires at the end of this year,&rd... More »

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