Professor Derrick Armstrong, Vice - Chancellor Research and International (R) and Honourable Bartholomew Parapolo, the Solomon Islands Minister for Culture and Tourism after their visit to the USP Laucala Campus.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) recently hosted a VIP delegation from the Solomon Islands Government on 5 May, 2017 as part of its regional partnership platform programme.
The delegation was led by Honourable Bartholomew Parapolo, the Minister for Culture & Tourism and included Mr Andrew Nihopara, Permanent Secretary for Tourism; Mr Bunyan Sivoro, Director of Tourism; Mr Wilson Ne’e, Chairman of Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau and Mr Josefa Tuamoto, Chief Executive Officer of the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau. His Excellency Patterson J. Oti, the Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Fiji was also a key part of the delegation.
In welcoming the delegation to the University, Professor Derrick Armstrong, Vice-Chancellor Research and International, commended the Solomon Islands for its strategic and proactive approach in strengthening regional partnerships as this is a key requirement of successful regional collaboration.
The meeting successfully covered the progression of selected teaching and learning and research prospects that were of mutual benefit to the Solomon Islands and the University’s STHM.
Professor Marcus Stephenson, Head of the STHM mentioned that “the meeting marked the culmination of a series of meetings held between the Solomon Islands Government and the School”.
“We look forward to progressing the teaching and learning and research opportunities as discussed,” he added.
The delegation also held a Question and Answer session for 75 Laucala-based Solomon Islands students undertaking Tourism and Hospitality courses at the U8 Lecture theatre.
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