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USP and ANU’s College of Asia and the Pacific officials after the meeting.

A delegation from The University of the South Pacific (USP) met scholars and officials of Australian National University’s (ANU) College of Asia and the Pacific on 12 April 2017.

Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra expressed his appreciation to ANU and said that USP will support all on-going engagements and future collaborations.

Professor Chandra informed the team from ANU that there were positive outcomes from the High Level Consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) that benefits both Australia and USP. He added that there is a need to have close and trusted relations with institutions such as ANU.

He mentioned that there is also a need to identify high profile and scaled initiatives between USP and ANU to sustainably raise the work and profile of both institutions in the Pacific region.

Professor Chandra informed the team from College of Asia and the Pacific of a very successful meeting with the Vice-Chancellor of ANU, which was geared towards more solid collaboration between the institutions.

“There is a need for more capacity building for Pacific people and to understand the challenges faced in order to develop Pacific driven innovative solutions. USP will support such initiatives to enhance abilities of countries within the Pacific architecture,” Professor Chandra said.

Some ongoing collaborations discussed at the meeting between ANU and USP included:

  • Oceans Governances and Oceans Diplomacy – This is a joint workshop by USP and ANU with participation from Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and other regional agencies;
  • Dr Joeli Veitayaki from USP’s Marine Studies Department actively working with the College for Asia and the Pacific and will later be visiting ANU as a scholar to write his book;
  • Collaboration to understand the policy impacts of green growth framework for the region;
  • Pacific Constitutions Network through USP’s School of Law and Pacific Legal Information Institute (PacLII) forum – a workshop held last year and a conference planned to be held in Canberra in September 2017;
  • Close interventions between USP’s Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development and ANU to develop climate change initiatives; and
  • Pacific Research Programme – two (2) weeks training programme and opportunities for two (2) or more students and staff to participate.

The USP team included Professor Chandra; Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and International; Mr Jaindra Karan, Director, Development, Marketing, Communications and Alumni; and Mr Iresh Lal, Development Manager. 

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