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USP, University of Bergen agree on Joint Chair in Ocean Studies

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Professor Rajesh Chandra, USP Vice-Chancellor and President and Professor Jarl Giske, Marine Dean of the University of Bergen while making the announcement. CREDIT: University of Bergen

The University of the South Pacific (USP) has reaffirmed its commitment towards the conservation and sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources by announcing a USP-Norway Joint Chair in Ocean studies and a list of voluntary commitments by USP during the Norwegian reception on 7 June 2017 at Hotel Millennium in New York.

The announcements were made at a United Nations Ocean Conference (UNOC) Side Event where Professor Rajesh Chandra, USP Vice-Chancellor and President and Professor Jarl Giske, Marine Dean of the University of Bergen announced that both the universities will establish a high-profile Joint Chair in Oceans and Climate Change, to be hosted at USP’s Laucala Campus.

The Chair, Professor Giske said will be supported by staff from the University of Bergen in Climate Research and Social Anthropology.

In making this announcement, Professor Chandra expressed his gratitude to the University of Bergen saying that the partnership with them has been going on for a while.

Professor Chandra said, it is the first time for USP to have a joint chair in Oceanic studies and this announcement will take the current partnership to a new level.

He added that it is a building block that sets the platform for even more extensive cooperation between the two universities.

“We are extremely happy with the partnership. From my office and right throughout the University, we would like to commit to a much more expanded and sustainable partnership with the University of Bergen,” he added.

For University of Bergen, this partnership provides the opportunity to build cooperation with USP and make it truly interdisciplinary.

In terms of the Voluntary Commitments by USP, Professor Chandra announced that the University will:

- Open a new USP research and development centre based in the Marshall Islands, termed the Micronesian Centre for Sustainable Transport, initially focusing on sustainable shipping solutions for the Pacific; and

- Make a special appointment in its Institute of Marine Resources and support two new Master-level studentships on coastal research in RMI. In this area of natural resource economics, Professor Chandra said that it is important (in the Pacific) to be able to capture better management.

These Voluntary Commitments will help strengthen the marine capacity in USP as well as provide additional support to the University’s member countries in sustainable management of the vast Pacific Oceanscape.

USP is also a partner in a number of commitments made by the Government of Fiji as announced at the Fiji Side Event during UNOC.

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