From L-R: Mr Chris Tovoa, SINU Chief Security officer, Mr Kenneth Bo’o, SINU Manager Property and Campus Management, SINU Vice-Chancellor Dr Glynn Galo, Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP, Professor Richard Coll, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching and Student Services (LTSS) and Dr Giulio Paunga, Vice-President (Regional Campus and Properties and Facilities).
A delegation from the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) led by its Vice-Chancellor Dr Glynn Galo visited The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala Campus in Suva on 16 August 2016.
He was accompanied by Kenneth Bo’o, Manager Property and Campus Management and Mr Chris Tovoa, Chief Security Officer.
Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP welcomed the delegation to the University, saying they were happy to share their thoughts on issues raised by SINU.
The meeting was attended by Professor Richard Coll, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching and Student Services (LTSS) and Dr Giulio Paunga, Vice-President (Regional Campus and Properties and Facilities).
The meeting discussed how SINU could develop a broader revenue base for their University.
Dr Galo said, “We don’t get much at all from Aid. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) assists with upgrading of our courses and facilities and there are negotiations currently underway with the Australia Pacific Technical College (APTC) to see if we can run some hospitality courses.”
Professor Chandra advised that the most central thing for SINU to do would be branding which he said, could only come from accreditation of their courses.
“If you build on that, people will see value in the University and come in numbers,” he noted.
Professor Chandra also gave instances where USP had to outsource some of its services, like the Dining Hall, to make it more viable and for the benefit of both staff and students.
“We may have lost a couple of thousand dollars but in the end we want to make the University more sustainable,” he stated.
“I would suggest a meeting with the students, because you will be amazed at what they have to say. Most of the decisions we make are done after lengthy discussions with student representatives,” Professor Chandra added.
Another suggestion put on the table was to have some of SINU’s programmes self-funded.
Dr Galo thanked Professor Chandra and his team for their hospitality and stated that while the suggestions shared were noted; they were keen to explore them.
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