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New College Heads for USP’s Pacific TAFE

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(From L-R): Mr Hamish McCracken, Head of College of Business, Tourism & Hospitality; Ms Liviana Tabalala, Head of College of Arts & Humanities; and Dr Brad Carte, Head of College of Science, Technology & Environment.

Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) of The University of the South Pacific (USP) has welcomed the new Heads of its three Colleges.

Under the new structure of Pacific TAFE, pre-degree and sub-degree programmes are offered through these three Colleges.

Mr Hasmukh Lal, Director Pacific TAFE while announcing the appointments, said he is elated and has full confidence in the new heads to provide academic and administrative leadership in their respective Colleges.

Mr Hamish McCracken is the Head of College of Business, Tourism & Hospitality, Ms Liviana Tabalala is the Head of College of Arts & Humanities and Dr Brad Carte is the Head of College of Science, Technology & Environment.

Mr McCracken is an experienced tertiary educator and manager with around 15 years of experience working in universities, Polytechnic and private sector education in New Zealand.

In his most recent role before he joined Pacific TAFE, he was the Commerce Programme Coordinator at Northland Polytechnic and managed 14 qualifications and 40 staff (permanent and part timers).

Mr McCracken joins Pacific TAFE with a good experience in multi-campus programme delivery, balance of tertiary administrative and academic leadership skills and sound understanding of industry and market demand.

Ms Tabalala had a progressive career in Library for 23 years and as an academic for 18 years.

Prior to joining USP library as a graduate trainee, she was a secondary school teacher for 5 years. With these experiences, she is the right appointment to manage and lead pre-degree and sub-degree programmes of Pacific TAFE.

She comes with significant balance of senior administrative and teaching experience, a mandatory requirement for the position.

She is currently the Vice-President of the Fiji Library Association (FLA) and has been part of an FLA Council that organises workshops for the profession, so as submissions to policymakers for the upgrade of libraries. She is passionate about teaching library users how to get information from libraries/information centres.

Dr Carte joins Pacific TAFE with vast industry exposure and academic experience.
Dr Carte was a Lecturer for 3 years in the School of Marine Studies at USP for MS306 (Coral Reef Ecology and Management) and MS312 (Marine Pollution) and was responsible for leading a team that developed a new Bachelor in Marine Science programme in consultation with the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) senior management team. 
In 2012, he was jointly awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Prize for the most outstanding research publication.
He is an experienced and effective communicator and has published over 40 articles in peer reviewed journals and presented numerous presentations to both technical and general public audiences throughout the world including the United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia and South Africa.

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