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USP, RMI Government sign MOU on Joint Education Programme

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USP Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra and Hon. Wilbur Heine, RMI Minister of Education during the signing of the MOU.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between The University of the South Pacific (USP) and the Government of the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) was signed for a Joint Education Programme for Preliminary and Foundation Studies on 24 May 2017 at the 84th USP Council meeting.

According to the Agreement, Marshallese students will be prepared to be eligible for admission to degree studies Programmes at USP and other regional and international post-secondary institutions.

Both the Government of RMI and USP are fully committed to providing quality post-secondary education to citizens and residents of the Marshall Islands, and to conducting research relevant to the needs of the government and people of the Marshall Islands.

Honourable Wilbur Heine, the Minister for Education said the RMI Government is indeed grateful to USP for this partnership and collaboration.

“I am grateful for the partnership with USP, and privileged to be part of the signing of this MOU. USD 600,000 is a huge amount and we value this resource and this programme.”

Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP said he was privileged to be signing this MOU to cover the USP-RMI Joint Education Programme and assured the Government of RMI of the full support of USP in this regard.

“This programme has been going on since 1995 and has made a huge impact in preparing the Marshallese students for the rigors of higher education,” Professor Chandra said.

“Minister, Hon. Wilbur Heine, you have my full assurance that we will work even harder to fulfil the expectations of the people and the government of RMI, the new campus will help us in achieving this goal.”

The programme will be provided at the USP Marshall Islands Campus and the RMI Government will provide an annual budget of USD 600,000 as per the MOU for the teaching and operation costs and other reasonable expenses for the continuity of the RMI-USP Joint Education Programme.

USP, through the administration of the Director of the RMI Campus, Dr  Irene Tafaaki, will manage the programme in particular the selection, appointment and employment of all teaching, ancillary staff and other staff, including a Learning Resources Coordinator (Librarian), laboratory technician and financial officer necessary for the efficient and effective management of the Programme.

(L-R) USP Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, Mr Winston Thompson; Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra with RMI Minister of Education Hon. Wilbur Heine and RMI USP Campus Director Dr Irene Tafaaki after the signing of the MOU.

The Programme will be monitored by the RMI-USP Joint Education Programme Academic and Management Committee, under the chair of the Director of the USP Campus in the Marshall Islands. Sub-committees will be formed to assist the RMI-USP Programme in key areas such as academic issues, and overall project development and direction and determine the Terms of Reference for the Sub-Committees and their composition.

Students enrolling in courses conducted under the RMI-USP Joint Education Programme will be selected by the RMI-USP Joint Education Programme Academic and Management Committee based on established entry requirements published annually in the USP Handbook and Calendar.

RMI-USP Joint Education Programme students will sit normal USP examinations in all subjects studied at the Foundation level and on satisfactory completion of eight subjects, will be awarded the Certificate in Foundation Studies from USP’s Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE). 

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