Professor Grant Guilford, VUW Vice-Chancellor with Professor Rajesh Chandra, USP Vice-Chancellor and President.
The Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of the South Pacific (USP), Professor Rajesh Chandra met Professor Grant Guilford, Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) on 27 April 2017.
The visit presented an opportunity for both institutions to deliberate on the current level of engagement and discuss potential future collaborations between USP and VUW.
VUW, Professor Guildford mentioned that there needs to be more collaborative engagement between the two institutions to enhance the areas of cooperation under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
Professor Chandra agreed on the need for collaboration and stated that “a more coordinated approach is required to leverage work in areas of mutual interest such as research, joint PhD supervision and enhancing on-line learning”.
Both the Vice-Chancellors discussed and shared best practices in terms of mitigating common issues such as recruitment of Professors and enhancing on-line learning.
Professor Chandra highlighted that the University is faced with the difficulty of recruiting Professors in Accounting and Economics.
Professor Guildford informed that VUW faced the same issue in the accounting discipline and mitigated this through introducing the idea of having Professorship in Accounting Practice as opposed to Professors in Accounting.
On online learning support, Professor Chandra updated him on the University’s efforts in lecture capture and distribution of tablets to first year undergraduate students for enhanced learning experiences.
Professor Guildford said that Victoria is the first university in New Zealand to partner with prestigious online course provider, EdX to foster high quality global education as it increases access to high quality education for anyone anywhere in the world and to advance teaching and learning, through research.
USP is interested in the results from utlising EdX at VUW and is willing to assess VUW’s experience with EdX to see how best this can be used for enhanced learning at the University.
As such it was agreed that the Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL) at USP will connect with Professor Steven Warburton, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Digital Futures) to assess the feasibility of having the EdX trialed at USP.
Discussions also centered on student banner system, research, and innovation.
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