Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research & International USP, Mr Sultan-Dadon, Pacific Islands Advisor for the Embassy of Israel and the Acting Vice-Chancellor USP Professor Richard Coll at the Laucala campus.
A meeting between senior representatives of The University of the South Pacific (USP) and the Pacific Islands Advisor for the Embassy of Israel based in Canberra on 25 October, 2016 at the Laucala Campus was a success.
USP was represented by the Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Learning Teaching and Student Services Professor Richard Coll and Manager Development, Iresh Lal.
According to Mr Yaron Sultan-Dadon, Mashav, which is Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation was willing to establish links with USP in terms of the provision of scholarships on a wide range of areas.
“We have been trying to work in development countries in areas like agriculture, science, medical and health,” he explained.
Mr Sultan-Dadon stated that the scholarships for students would cover for all relevant costs including tuition, accommodation and flights.
“Other areas include foreign relations while for agriculture, high-tech methods are taught from growing, farming and irrigation systems,” he noted.
“The scholarships provided cover undergraduate courses right up to PhD level courses,” he added.
Professor Armstrong said the University has a Scholarship office which can handle matters as such and USP would only be too glad to consider and explore the opportunity further.
He noted that the fact that USP is spread out in 12 countries of the Pacific region gives more citizens and students opportunities to make use of these type of funding.
Professor Coll said USP had a lot of Teaching Assistants and Assistant Lecturers who are always on the lookout for PhD scholarships and, if explored further, would be a great opportunity not only for Fiji but the region as a whole.
“Most of our students are based here in Fiji while the second biggest lot is in the Solomon Islands followed by our other member countries,” Professor Coll explained.
He confirmed that USP looked forward to working with the Embassy of Israel and Mashav on the issues raised and was keen to develop a partnership.
Other issues discussed included the transfer of cross-credits, student exchange scheme and the possibility of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between USP and a university in Israel, which could further give way to opportunities for staff exchange.
Mashav was established as a division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has since trained close to 270,000 course participants from approximately 132 countries in Israel and abroad and has developed dozens of demonstration projects worldwide.
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