Mr Bambang Susantono, Vice President for Knowledge Management at ADB with the chief guest Honourable Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and USP Vice Chancellor and President Professor Rajesh Chandra at the opening of the Pacific Update Conference.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have vowed to deepen the relationship between the two Agencies on knowledge sharing and human resources capacity building.
This follows a meeting on the margins of the 2016 Pacific Update Conference between Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice Chancellor & President of USP and Mr Bambang Susantono, Vice President for Knowledge Management at ADB where areas of mutual interest and collaboration between the two Agencies was discussed.
The discussions focussed on how best to leverage USP and ADB’s respective capabilities to improve the quality of life of Pacific Island peoples using modern means of delivering inclusive and affordable education, and through innovation using results of each other’s research and data.
Professor Chandra acknowledged the existing and growing partnership between USP and ADB, particularly in improving University facilities in various member countries to improve the quality and access of higher education in the region.
He said that enhanced partnership with ADB which has culminated in the successful hosting of the 2016 Pacific Update Conference has opened up further opportunities for collaboration on knowledge sharing.
In particular, Professor Chandra noted that USP is keen to work in partnership with ADB and other stakeholders in pursuing follow up work emanating from the Conference in areas of human resource capacity building to achieve inclusive growth for enhanced resilience in the Pacific Islands region.
Mr Susantono indicated that ADB has agreed to have USP as its partner in reaching out to Pacific Island Countries on knowledge sharing activities and initiatives.
He agreed that partnering with USP and Australian National University for organising the 2016 Pacific Update Conference has indeed opened up more opportunities for joint and tripartite initiatives.
He said ADB is committed to enhancing its partnership with USP, with the objective of promoting inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth and regional integration in Pacific Island member countries.
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