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French Government provides support for regional symposium

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Dean of FALE, Dr Akanisi Kedrayate accompanied by the Head of the USP Journalism Programme, Dr Marc Edge with the French Ambassador to Fiji, His Excellency Mr Gilles Montagnier during the handover of the cheque.

The French Government handed-over a cheque amounting to over F$8,000 to The University of the South Pacific (USP) in support of an upcoming symposium on Media and Democracy in the South Pacific. The symposium, which will be held on 5 - 6 September, will bring together regional and international media scholars and political scientists, along with Pacific Island journalists and journalism educators, to discuss issues relating to media and democracy in the region. The symposium is an initiative of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) through its Journalism Programme. During the handover ceremony on 24 May, 2012 at the French Embassy in Suva, the French Ambassador to Fiji, His Excellency Mr Gilles Montagnier expressed his support for the symposium and the University. “USP is a state-of-the-art research and educational institution in the South Pacific and France has been supporting it for decades,” he added. The French Government supported the establishment of the USP Journalism Programme and currently supports FALE by providing a French language teacher to the Language department, as well as being one of the main sponsors of the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies (OCACPS) at USP. Speaking on behalf of the French Government, the Ambassador said that France is committed to assisting Fiji and the region in its development efforts, even more so now considering the challenges faced by Pacific Island Countries. According to the Ambassador, the French Government will sign two new grant agreements with USP in a few weeks time. This will be for the development of a joint programme of History for both French-speaking territories and English-speaking states of the Pacific, and the other is to strengthen the monitoring of climate change data of coral reefs in Fiji. In accepting the donation, Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of FALE, expressed the University’s appreciation of the continuous support given by the French Government. “We are grateful for this generous offer to support our symposium,” she said. Dr Kedrayate took the opportunity to also thank the French Government for its support in other areas like providing a French language teacher to FALE and sponsoring activities of OCACPS as well as other upcoming projects. She added that the University looks forward to working with the French Government even more closely in the future. The symposium will be held at the University’s Laucala Campus in Suva.

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