Guangdong Education officials make courtesy visit to USP
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USP Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra (centre) with delegates from China's Guangdong province.
A delegation from the Guangdong province in China visited The University of the South Pacific (USP) as part of its courtesy visit to Fiji on 25 April 2016.
Bordering on the South China Sea, Guangdong is China’s southern most provinces with a coastline of over 4,300 kilometres. Guangdong is one of the highly ranked provinces in China, in terms of economy and population size. It is also the largest education province, housing almost 140 Universities and technical colleges.
In welcoming the delegation, USP Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra said that one of the early links of USP with China was through the Confucius Institute. Through this institute, he said the University has extended Chinese language and culture in other countries in the Pacific that are also USP’s member countries.
Professor Chandra highlighted that Flexible Learning at USP is one of the core elements of teaching and learning.
“From as early as 1972, we have been teaching a lot of students through distance education. Over 55 per cent of our students are taking courses through this distance learning mode,” he added.
Professor Chandra informed the Guangdong delegation that, to serve these students and to link all the campuses together, the University runs a large independent telecommunications system.
He added that USP is a University that is leveraging its Information Technology Services to provide access as well as offer good learning services to its students.
Deputy Director-General of Guangdong Department of Education, Mr Wei Zhonglin thanked Professor Chandra for the warm welcome at USP, stating that the university is special because students have a very good learning atmosphere. From his visit, he noted that the students are vigorous.
Mr Wei informed that prior to meeting Professor Chandra, his team met with the Permanent Secretary of Fiji’s Ministry of Education (MOE), where they discussed possible collaboration opportunities between the Education Ministry and Guangdong Education Department.
“In a meeting with the Permanent Secretary, we have agreed to set up some form of mechanism between education authorities on both sides,” he told the USP staff present at the meeting.
Other things discussed in the meeting included, long-term cooperation mechanisms, exchange of visits and collaboration in research between USP and universities in China’s Guangdong province.
Other members of the Guangdong delegation included, Vice President Jinan University, Mr Zhang Rhongua, Vice President South China Normal University, Mr Wu Jian, Director, International Exchange and Cooperation, South China Medical University, Ms Zhang Ning, Director, Guangdong Department of Education, Mr Feng Xinglei, Section Chief, Guangdong Department of Education, Ms Zhou Liuyu, Director, Comprehensive Affair Division, Guangdong Foreign Affairs Office, Mr Cang Feng and Deputy Section Chief, Comprehensive Affairs Division, Guangdong Foreign Affairs Office, Mr Ye Weifeng.
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