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USP Welcomes 21st Chancellor

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USP’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rajesh Chandra with the 21st Chancellor and Governor-General of Tuvalu, His Excellency, Sir Iakoba Taeia Italeli at a dinner event.

The University of the South Pacific’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rajesh Chandra formally welcomed the 21st Chancellor and Governor-General of Tuvalu, His Excellency, Sir Iakoba Taeia Italeli at a dinner event on September 6, 2014.

Professor Chandra highlighted that the Chancellor’s office was the highest rank within the University and it was a significant occasion to witness the dignified installation of the new Chancellor.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude for accepting the invitation to be our Chancellor at a time when the University is going through major development and a successful phase in trying to transform itself from a good to an excellent institution,” he said.

According to Professor Chandra, the University looked forward to His Excellency, Sir Italeli’s leadership and assured him that they would work closely to ensure that his term be fruitful and an enjoyable one.

“Tuvalu maybe a small country but it was one of the founding members of the University and is an important member of the USP family. We want to give you assurance that the University has plans to serve Tuvalu even better”.

“We hope that during your term we would be able to complete our negotiations for obtaining some land around the present Tuvalu campus so that we can expand that campus,” Professor Chandra said.

Meanwhile, His Excellency, Sir Italeli thanked USP for the warm welcome and hospitality.

“When I received the invitation to be the Chancellor, it was an honour and privilege not only for me but also for Tuvalu. I am so grateful to be the Chancellor of USP which has contributed to shaping our present in this region,” he said.

HE Sir Italeli also expressed his gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor and the Government of Fiji for the continued support and assistance they had provided, and hoped that USP would continue to shape the region’s future.

“What my own experience has taught me is the significance of a personal factor, of leadership, of human understanding and of individual commitment. Timely intervention, morale, personal and physical courage make a real difference in the conduct of human affairs, and our stride for a better world,” he said.

According to him every student at USP was an indispensable asset and they had the ability to make a difference in their communities.

“USP continues to remain an institution of excellence and brilliance. It is our pride and our future. Our University must instil that spirit in our youth and they must learn to look beyond the shores of their islands over to other islands and the world. Our growing generations must be better than what we have achieved,” His Excellency added.

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