Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President; Mr Iowane Tiko, Fiji’s Permanent Secretary for Education and Mr Winston Thompson, Pro-Chancellor of USP following the signing of the USP Convention.
The Fiji Government signed the USP Convention at The University of the South Pacific’s Laucala Campus on 17 August, 2017.
The USP Convention is an agreement between member countries of the University, aimed at legally embedding it in member countries, and supplementing the University’s founding legal instruments of the Royal Charter and Statutes.
Mr Winston Thompson, Pro-Chancellor of USP, said today’s signing is indeed a major milestone for Fiji “being the home of the University”.
He said it is important that Fiji also shows its support not only for being a signatory of the USP Convention, but also a ratifier.
“This ratification will cement the University’s position in Fiji and therefore as a member of our region. Great appreciation to you and the Honourable Minister for Education for committing to this today,” Mr Thompson told Mr Iowane Tiko, Fiji’s Permanent Secretary for Education.
Mr Tiko, on behalf of the Prime Minister and Minister for Education Honourable Voreqe Bainimarama, said he was delighted to be present and to sign the USP Convention.
“On behalf of the Honourable Prime Minister and Minister for Education, we look forward to support USP in the usual grants and provisions set aside for tuition of students through the TSLB support services,” he said.
“We are also thankful that USP has been feeding our public and private sector in all levels of work and in all areas of professional qualification,” Mr Tiko noted.
He mentioned that the reputation of USP is “nothing new to the Government as it has always been a pillar and tower of strength not only for Fiji, but also for Pacific Island counties”.
“I therefore wish to reaffirm the Fiji Government’s support for USP,” he said.
The signed instrument was received by Mr Thompson and Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President.
Instruments for the USP Convention are deposited to Fiji’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Suva.
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