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Professor Rajesh Chandra with some of his Senior Management Team members and the Regional Campus Directors.

The Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of the South Pacific (USP), Professor Rajesh Chandra has called on the University’s Campus Directors to deepen their engagement with USP member countries and other stakeholders in the region.

Professor Chandra emphasised this as part of the annual Regional Campus Directors’ Forum taking place at the University’s Laucala Campus from 8 – 12 May 2017.

While highlighting that “engagement is the key element” for the day-to-day business of the regions tertiary institution, Professor Chandra urged the Campus Directors to have more engagements with the Campus staff and students, Governments of member countries and scholarship agencies in these countries.

“One of the reasons why USP is so successful is because I am spending more time in the region, collaborating with  member countries,” Professor Chandra said.

He told the Campus Directors to communicate with their respective Governments on what is needed and ensure that they are heard.

Professor Chandra also stressed that it is important for Campus Directors to be accountable and transparent when it comes to the everyday running of their Campuses.

Because of the complexity of the University’s system, Professor Chandra said that some things would not be clear at times.

“Institutions globally are becoming complex to the point where we must be able to operate  with a certain degree of lack of clarity but those who are really creative will communicate and get those messages across and maintain institutional cohesion,” he said.

Given the rapidity and scale of changes, it is  important, Professor Chandra said, that the University is more inclusive and communicative internally.

Professor Chandra is always supportive of the Regional Campuses and said that the University is committed to its Regional Campus Development and dedicated to giving its research, a strong regional perspective.

Professor Chandra further encouraged all Campuses to consider the opportunities that have opened up through the University’s new Lecture Capture initiative. Under this new development, all lectures at the Laucala, Emalus and Alafua campuses are being captured and they are automatically processed to be on the University’s Learning Management System, Moodle after 24 hours. This initiative allows students in smaller campuses to watch these lectures on Moodle. Students anywhere in the University system will therefore be able to enroll in blended mode and complete their courses and programmes.

“This will have a result in a revolutionary improvement in regional access to higher education,” said Professor Chandra.Dr Paunga thanked Professor Chandra for being supportive towards Regional Campuses in all areas including Academia, Staffing, Student Learning Support, and Regional Campus Development.

Some of the sessions during the week-long forum include:

- Building and sustaining online infrastructure;
- Flexible learning and digital learning;
- Using DIBS for effective planning for Campuses;
- Regionalising Pacific TAFE;
- Standardising reports and records:
- Update on Governance and graduation policy;
- 50th Anniversary Celebration and Marketing for Campuses;
- Assurance & Compliance; and
- Disaster Management Plan & Policy.

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