Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP at the annual plan consultation.
Staff of The University of the South Pacific (USP) were given an opportunity to contribute to the development of the University’s Annual Plan for 2018 at the Laucala Campus on 4 August, 2018.
Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President said not only was it an opportunity to contribute to the development of the University’s Annual Plan for 2018 but it will also be a building block as it develops its next Strategic Plan 2019-2024.
“Next year will be an important year as the University pushes through its ambitious targets of excellence as defined in the current Strategic Plan 2013-2018.
“Staff are the main drivers and implementers of the plan and students are the main beneficiaries,” he said.
Staff at the annual plan consultation in Laucala.
Some of the issues raised included the need for students to do their PhD by publication, the need to have more support for students with disability, the need for the University to consider post-doctoral fellows and the need for USP to consider an increase in funds/allowance for staff to attend conferences.
Other issues include the need for:
• Review of managers by staff for Staff Review;
• A paradigm shift in how USP conducts its core business;
• More Criticality and Engagement;
• More research to be undertaken by students and staff;
• Student’s research to be published and shared widely;
• The University to relook at the achievement of graduate attributes; and
• To clear grey areas in a speedy and efficient process of recruitment.
Professor Chandra said, “We generally feel that the University is in a relatively good position and that we will meet our budget for annual plan expectation”.
“We are doing well in some of the real core business of the University and transforming it to excellence but we are running short in other areas and these are areas which we will definitely need to address,” he said.
The University, he said, “must handsomely reward those who are performing well and it is something that needs to be pushed for”.
“Above all we want to see what we can do differently so that we can meet our targets in the Strategic Plan (2013-2018).
“We also want to know what the University can do to make staff more enthusiastic, more committed and more loyal to the institution,” he said.
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