Communication Permanent Secretary pays courtesy visit to USP
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USP Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra with the Permanent Secretary for Communication and Information Technology Mr Ewan Perrin (second from left) with members of the Senior Management Team.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) received a courtesy visit by the Fijian Government Permanent Secretary for Communications and Information Technology, Mr Ewan Perrin on 18 March 2016, to discuss collaboration possibilities in the area of ICTs.
Present to welcome Mr Perrin was the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-President Administration, Dr Dilawar Grewal, Director for Information Technology Services, Mr Kisione Finau, and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment, Dr Bibhya Sharma.
Mr Perrin said the purpose of his visit was to have a look around the region’s premier University and see how they structure their Information Technology (IT) courses.
He said his expectations to form a closer relationship with the University, particularly around the use of technology and IT resources were met, after a meeting with members of USP’s Senior Management Team (SMT).
“We have agreed to work more closely in terms of developing path for students to go through academia and pass into government,” he said.
He further added that there are possibilities of collaborating on cyber security with the University.
Professor Chandra said that he was pleased with the appointment of Mr Perrin, adding that, “he brings a great deal of expertise in areas of telecommunications and IT and we were happy with the discussions.”
He said that the Government has expressed their willingness to be part of the placement of USP graduates and work with them to do projects based on real-life IT problems encountered by the Government.
The University is planning to sign Memorandums of Understanding with the Ministry of Communications in future, similar to those partnerships that’s USP has with other Government ministries.
USP has also offered to be part of any IT related forums that the Ministry organises, where academics and students can exchange ideas with other participants.
As part of the discussions, the Vice-Chancellor informed Mr Perrin that two of USP’s IT courses, including Bachelor of Software Engineering and Bachelor of Net-Centric Computing have been accredited by the Australian Computer Society.
Mr Perrin has 30 years of experience in the IT industry, and has spent over 10 years as an IT executive in the Australian Government prior to joining the Fijian Government.
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