Professor Rajesh Chandra Vice-Chancellor and President and Mr Winston Thompson, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, during the ground breaking ceremony.
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IAS raises awareness on conservation benefits - 14 Jun 2017 04:50:05 pm
A Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for research and marine sample collection in Nacula, Yasawa in the Fijian province of Ba by The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Institute of Applied Sciences (IAS) recently proved successful.
Three scientists from the IAS’ Centre for Drug Discovery and Conservation (CDDC) completed the collection along with collaborators and stakeholders, the objective of which was to acquire free prior and informed approval from resource owners to carry out bioprospecting research in their qoliqoli or fishing areas.
They joined repres... More »
2017 Pacific Update Conference to be held at USP - 14 Jun 2017 02:37:23 pm
The 2017 Pacific Update Conference co-organised by The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Economics, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Australian National University’s (ANU) Development Policy Centre will be held at USP’s Japan-Pacific ICT Multipurpose Theatre, Laucala Campus from 20 – 21 June 2017.
This annual event gathers policymakers, academics and researchers, business people, and development practitioners to present and discuss economic, social, and regional developments in the Pacific.
The Fijian Minister for Education, Heritage and A... More »
New College Heads for USP’s Pacific TAFE - 13 Jun 2017 02:02:55 pm
Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) of The University of the South Pacific (USP) has welcomed the new Heads of its three Colleges.
Under the new structure of Pacific TAFE, pre-degree and sub-degree programmes are offered through these three Colleges.
Mr Hasmukh Lal, Director Pacific TAFE while announcing the appointments, said he is elated and has full confidence in the new heads to provide academic and administrative leadership in their respective Colleges.
Mr Hamish McCracken is the Head of College of Business, Tourism... More »
Alafua Campus celebrates Samoa Independence - 13 Jun 2017 12:51:50 pm
Staff and students of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Alafua Campus joined the people of Samoa and dignitaries and ambassadors from around the world to celebrate Samoa’s 55th year of Independence on 1 June 2017.
More than 70 staff and students of the Alafua Campus were at the Government Building from as early as 4am to join Government ministries, schools and organisations in the March Past to observe the first former colony in the Pacific to be given right to form its own government.
There were a range of events over the two-day national holida... More »
USP’s Social Work Programme gets ACWA accreditation - 13 Jun 2017 09:02:01 am
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Bachelor of Arts, Social Work major has been accredited by the Australian Community Works Association (ACWA).
ACWA aims to advance the profession of community work and set, strengthen and provide the educational, professional and ethical standards essential for exemplary community work practice.
In a letter to the University, Sha Cordingley, the Chief Executive Officer of ACWA, stated that the accredited programme status recognises that USP meets ACWA requirements, in that:
the qua... More »
USP VC stresses need for committed leadership for ocean sustainability - 12 Jun 2017 02:31:40 pm
To uphold the aspiration of the UN Oceans Conference, there needs to be more than just business-as-usual and a demonstration of committed leadership and excellence in scientific research, to promote the health of our ocean for our people, planet and prosperity.
These were the words of Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of the South Pacific (USP) during a UNOC Side Event, High Level Exchange: Pacific Leadership through Innovative Approaches to the Oceans Economy – Pacific 2050 on 8 June, 2017.
Chaired by the Honourab... More »
USP Records office celebrates International Archives Day 2017 - 12 Jun 2017 02:21:23 pm
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Records Management office celebrated International Archives Day 2017 on Friday, 9 June by sorting out records older than the University, to ensure their preservation and longevity.
Staff spent the day sorting and cleaning records that have been deposited from many parts of the University and that have sat relatively untouched since they arrived. The building of new racks and shelving were a major feature of the day’s activities.
Mr Jason Flello, Manager, Records Management said the Records Office does not... More »
World Bank Funded Vanuatu REDD+ SESA Project awarded to IAS - 12 Jun 2017 02:19:26 pm
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Institute of Applied Sciences (IAS) was awarded the Vanuatu Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) project by the Government of Vanuatu and World Bank in March 2017.
This follows the Fiji REDD+ SESA project awarded to IAS in September 2016. Dr Johann Poinapen, the Director of IAS, attributed the Vanuatu SESA project award to the positive feedback from World Bank in the successful implementation of the Fiji SESA currently underway.
The 12-month... More »
Oceans matter to USP, says Professor Chandra - 9 Jun 2017 04:59:15 pm
The Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of the South Pacific (USP), Professor Rajesh Chandra said the University straddles an area of 33 million square kilometres so whatever happens to the oceans, happens to its member countries and ultimately, the University.
He made the comment during the official announcement of USP and University of Bergen’s partnership on a Joint Chair for Ocean Studies on 7 June 2017 at Hotel Millennium in New York.
Professor Chandra firstly acknowledged the superb performance of the USP’s Oceania Dance Theatre at the event saying ... More »
USP, University of Bergen agree on Joint Chair in Ocean Studies - 9 Jun 2017 04:49:10 pm
The University of the South Pacific (USP) has reaffirmed its commitment towards the conservation and sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources by announcing a USP-Norway Joint Chair in Ocean studies and a list of voluntary commitments by USP during the Norwegian reception on 7 June 2017 at Hotel Millennium in New York.
The announcements were made at a United Nations Ocean Conference (UNOC) Side Event where Professor Rajesh Chandra, USP Vice-Chancellor and President and Professor Jarl Giske, Marine Dean of the University of Bergen announced that both the universities will establish a high-profile Joint Chair... More »