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MOU to up-skill teacher workforce in RMI

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President of CMI, Carl Hacker, signs the MOU in the presence of Minister of Education, Dr. Hilda J.Heine with Dr. Irene Taafaki and Yolanda McKay representing USP

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between The University of the South Pacific (USP) and the College of the Marshall Islands (CMI) was signed at USP’s Marshall Islands Campus on 9 September, 2014.

The MOU was signed by the Marshall Islands Minister of Education, Dr. Hilda J. Heine and President of the CMI, Mr. Carl Hacker.

USP’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rajesh Chandra had signed the MOU earlier this year.

This MOU is the first formal agreement for the joint delivery of a programme between the College and USP.

It provides the framework by the two Institutions of Higher Education for the joint delivery of USP’s Bachelor of Education (Primary). 

Students graduating from CMI will now be able to complete their BED entirely on Majuro, taking their first five 200-level courses at CMI and the reminder of their programme at USP.  

They will graduate with a degree from USP.

RMI Ministry of Education has strongly encouraged this collaboration and will provide support for the teachers pursuing their BED as part of its plan to up-skill the nation’s teacher workforce.

The first cohort is on the way to completing the programme at CMI and should commence their final year at USP in January 2015.

In congratulating the Campus Director on this achievement, Vice President (Regional Campuses, Properties and Facilities) Dr Giulio Masasso Tu’ikolongahau Pãunga  stated, “This achievement is surely an encouragement to community colleges in the Micronesian region to strengthen positive academic links.” 

“In the Northern Pacific, the Marshall Islands is currently the only member of USP,” he noted.

Marshallese students at USP’s campus enjoy the full advantages of membership - regional fees, full access to programs, courses and research through the USPNet and Australian Academic Research Network (AARNet).

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