(From L-R): Mr Kisione Finau, Director ITS, Mr Hiroyuki Sawada, JICA Resident Representative, Professor Rajesh Chandra, USP Vice-Chancellor and President, Honourable Mr Yoichi Anami, Japanese House of Representative of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and His Excellency Mr Masahiro Omura, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Fiji.
The member of the Japanese House of Representative of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Honourable Mr Yoichi Anami paid a courtesy visit to The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala Campus on 9 August 2017.
Hon. Anami was accompanied by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Fiji, His Excellency Mr Masahiro Omura and the Japanese delegation in Fiji.
Professor Rajesh Chandra, USP Vice-Chancellor and President welcomed Hon. Anami and H.E Omura to the University and said that Japan is a long standing true friend of the University that has assisted in various ways and in major developments including the Marine Campus, USPNet, Japan Pacific ICT Centre, Technical experts and Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) projects focusing on people to people movement.
Talking about the Japan-Pacific ICT Centre, Professor Chandra said that it is a very powerful infrastructure and illustrated that the team from USP was able to video-conference with the Japanese astronaut at the international space station.
Currently, the University is working with The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on replacing the hub for USPNet at the Laucala Campus.
Professor Chandra informed Hon. Anami that USP is a unique regional University which is owned by twelve (12) member countries, operating fourteen (14) campuses across 33 million square kilometres.
The Vice-Chancellor and President said that USP being a regional University is very deeply involved in working with member countries in major areas like oceans, climate change, disaster risk mitigation, resilient societies, and Sustainable Development Goals.
“I have been personally privileged to attend some of the PALM meetings and witness for myself the warmth of the relationship between the leaders of the Pacific and Japan,” Professor Chandra said.
Hon. Anami said that Japan values the friendly relationship with USP, which is the premier provider of tertiary education in the Pacific.
He added that Japan has developed a good cooperative relationship with USP through providing grant assistance such as for the installation of satellite antenna and the construction of Japan-Pacific ICT Centre for distance learning as well as providing technical cooperation in the area of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
With regards to the JENESYS project, Hon. Anami extended his appreciation to USP for their partnership over the years as the University has been playing the role of the principal implementation agency, and added that they hope to continue this partnership with USP.
As part of the visit, the Japanese delegation also had a tour of state-of-art Japan-Pacific ICT Centre.
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