USP takes out top honours at inaugural EU-Fiji University Quiz Challenge
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USP students show off their trophy after grabbing top honours at inaugural EU-Fiji University Quiz Challenge.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) came out victorious at the inaugural European Union (EU) – Fiji University Quiz Challenge 2017 at the Japan-Pacific ICT Centre at the Laucala Campus in Suva on 11 May, 2017.
The Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific in partnership with the Pacific Community, USP, Fiji National University and The University of Fiji hosted the EU-Fiji University Quiz Challenge 2017.
His Excellency Andrew Jacobs, the EU to Fiji and the Pacific Ambassador officiating at the ceremony.
His Excellency Andrew Jacobs, Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation for the Pacific, expressed his appreciation to all participants and students who attended particularly those coming all the way from the West.
He thanked the students for celebrating Europe Day 2017 with the EU stating that in 1950 Robert Schuman the French Foreign Minister, made a visionary speech in which he envisaged a Europe free of war and a Europe of peace and security.
“Since then we have moved a great distance from the days following the Second World War when he made that speech,” H.E Jacobs remarked.
He stated there is now a community in Europe of more than 500 million people, EU is the biggest trader in the world, the biggest provider of development assistance and humanitarian support and a very close partner of Fiji and the rest of the Pacific.
“We need to do more to get European students to the Pacific and more students from Fiji and the rest of the Pacific to Europe,” he stated.
Ambassador Jacobs encouraged students to make use of the EU’s Erasmus programme which provides scholarships to Pacific students to undertake undergraduate and Master’s studies in Europe.
Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP congratulated the winning team members of USP saying they had demonstrated a good knowledge of the European history, EU –Fiji Cooperation, COP 23 and the Oceans Conference.
“You have done us proud and I am sure the entire University is very pleased with this achievement especially the fact that this is an inaugural EU – Fiji University Quiz Challenge,” he noted.
He mentioned that the University is delighted to partner with the EU on this occasion as it has done many times in the past.
“We are pleased that for decades, the EU has been a very large, generous and reliable partner for the Pacific and we have been the recipient of a lot of that generosity,” he said.
“The relationship is very strong and cordial, we are currently working on a number of projects with the EU on European Development Fund (EDF) 11 funding and we hope to continue this relationship as we go forward with the shared objective of building capacity in the Pacific, in enabling them to deal with all of these development challenges and the ultimate aim of promoting peace and prosperity for all of the people in the Pacific,” he stated.
Professor Chandra said the event was very important and meaningful and will allow university students to indicate exactly how much they know about the important areas of European cooperation.
“It is also very good that the three universities have come together in this quiz because such co-operations and healthy competition are crucial to the success of the Pacific,” he further noted.
He told students that as tomorrow’s leaders a sense of collaboration and healthy competition is required going forward.
“For us the EU represents a very good model, an inspiration because we are all very small and isolated countries and individually we cannot deal with the rest of the world but if we cooperate we will be able to make an impact as we saw with the successful conclusion of the Paris meeting.
“We are committed to the Pacific as a region where countries collaborate naturally as they increasingly integrate and have a strong united voice in the world so for a regional university cooperating with the EU is natural,” he added.
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