USP extends partnership with Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism
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USP Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra with Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Mr Shaheen Ali during the MOU signing.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) and Fiji’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism (MITT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will enable both organisations to work closely to maximise effective cooperation and efficiency.
This MOU is an extension of the previous one, which was established between USP’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management and MITT in 2013.
While signing the MOU on 15 March 2016, the Vice-Chancellor and President of USP, Professor Rajesh Chandra said that the MOU will provide opportunities for USP and MITT to share information, help drive research relevant to the tourism industry, provide opportunities for students to have placements and create relationships and connections for the growth of the tourism industry.
Professor Chandra stressed that the University has excellent staff, particularly in the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) and that the School has international accreditation of its programmes through the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education.
“We would like to see the best outcomes from this MOU and would like to have a constructive relationship with MITT,” Professor Chandra said.
In welcoming the five-year partnership with USP, Permanent Secretary of MITT, Mr Shaheen Ali said “the MOU provides a committed approach by the Ministry to work with USP to achieve a common goal to improve the country’s tourism sector which is a vehicle for the Fijian economy.”
Mr Ali added that his Ministry would like to increase interaction with STHM and the University in terms of getting more research in various areas of the tourism sector, particularly when the Ministry embarks on certain policy initiatives to look for new markets and strategies.
“In terms of developing our long term plans, MITT is currently working on its tourism development plan for the year 2020 and we already have good interactions with the University in this regard,” he said.
Within the new partnership, a special working group with co-opted members from both parties will be established, particularly in an attempt to ensure that plans and recommended programmes have been systematically embraced.
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