(L-R): Hon.Wilbur Heine, RMI Minister for Education; Professor Rajesh Chandra, USP Vice-Chancellor and President; Dr Theresa Koroivulaono, President of CMI and Dr Irene Tafaaki, USP RMI Campus Director after the signing of the MOU between USP and CMI.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between The University of the South Pacific (USP) and the College of Marshall Islands (CMI) was signed on 26 May 2017.
The MOU is designed to foster a collaborative relationship through mutual cooperation in teaching and research between the two parties and agreed on the following areas of cooperation:
Joint projects with National Science Foundation on Science Technology Engineering and Mathematicsbased learning and teaching programmes to support the RMI public and private schools;
Sustainable transportation, particularly the identification of online opportunities for Maritime Education;
Possible link of USPNet/AARNET in return for co-sharing of outer island learning labs and other resources; and
Develop learning and training pathways that avoid the duplication of courses and programmes and maximises higher education opportunities in the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI).
The signing took place between Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP and Dr Theresa Koroivulaono, President of CMI.
Dr Koroivulaono said the MOU is a great accomplishment as USP and CMI have been working on this MOU for a year now.
“I am pleased that we have agreed to conclude this MOU. This was also mentioned in my Graduation remarks during the CMI graduation yesterday,” she said.
Professor Chandra said he was pleased to sign the MOU as this is testimony to the maturity of both organisations and mutually beneficial to the students of RMI studying at USP and CMI.
He said that this week has been historic particularly the opening of USP RMI Campus and transforms USP’s presence in RMI.
“USP is committed to working with national institutions and government,” Professor Chandra said.
Responsibilities of each party in the MOU include, initiating collaboration which will be of mutual benefit to both institutions; assisting with development concepts and proposals for joint projects; consider requests for teaching assistance where feasible and appropriate; and participate in joint activities pertaining to the Marshallese culture and environment.
RMI Campus Director Dr Irene Tafaaki and the President of Marshall Islands College Dr Koroivulaono have been designated to coordinate the programmes listed in the MOU and any other endeavours that may derive from it.
The MOU is effective from date of signature until 31 December 2021.
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