USP, USAID’s Climate Ready Project sign Letter of Agreement
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(From L-R): Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP, Her Excellency Judith Cefkin, United Stated (US) Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu and Mr Lee Baker, Chief of Party, Climate Ready Project.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) and the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Climate Ready Project signed a Letter of Agreement (LOA) on 8 August 2017 at the Laucala Campus.
Under this LOA, the University, through its Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) will support the delivery of accredited training programmes in Project Management and Climate Change Adaptation & Disaster Risk Management to government, private sector and non-government organisation staff in selected Pacific Island Countries (PICs) in a cost-effective way using blended modes and moving to more online modes of delivery.
While signing the LOA, Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP expressed the University’s sincere gratitude to USAID for its continuous support which has led to the improvement of USP’s education service delivery to the Pacific region and beyond.
Professor Chandra added that this agreement is a huge sustainable capacity building initiative for Pacific Islanders to undergo regionally accredited project management and climate change trainings.
USAID has provided financial and technical support to the University across other areas of discipline such as Climate Change, Disaster Risk Resilience and Applied Sciences.
The Vice-Chancellor and President highlighted that this Agreement seeks to broaden the University’s network with other climate related projects in the region as well as to pursue a more collaborative approach to addressing this issue in the Pacific region.
Her Excellency Judith Cefkin, United Stated (US) Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu said that the signing demonstrates the ongoing commitment of US to work with its partners in the Pacific to support efforts to further build resilience to adapt to the effects of climate change.
“Nothing is more powerful than education and this will have a multiplying effect because the more people who get this training, the more people there will be to help teach and train and spread these skills,” H.E Cefkin said.
H.E Cefkin said upon the successful completion, those who undergo this training, will have certificates in project management as well as climate change with a tertiary qualification that is recognised by Australia and US.
She added that the programme will be very broadly focused on working with government officials as well as private sector and civil society.
“This will build more synergy in key sectors working together and this is very important in tackling this challenge,” H.E Cefkin said.
The Climate Ready Project is a five-year Regional Project, funded by the USAID and implemented by AECOM, a United States based contractor with worldwide experience implementing environment programmes.
The duration of the agreement will cover the period 1 June 2017 – 31 May 2020 and can be renewed through mutual consent.
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