Emalus Campus Management Committee Members with Mr Winston Thompson, Pro-Chancellor and Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor & President after the forum.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, Mr Winston Thompson and Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President held meetings with staff and students of the University’s Emalus Campus during their visit to Port Vila, Vanuatu last week.
Mr Thompson talked about the importance of such visits to Regional Campuses and emphasised that it was vital to meet and hear from USP stakeholders their views on how the University’s operations are being run.
Mr Winston Thompson, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council addresses staff and students at Emalus Campus.
He said he accompanied the Vice-Chancellor and President to visit the Campuses at times as he also wanted to get feedback from staff, students and member country governments about their views on the University.
He added it was also fitting to have met the Government representatives first before meeting the staff and students of Emalus Campus so they were able to update the students and get feedback as well.
Mr Thompson noted this is important because if they are not satisfied with the delivery of programmes then the Council is informed.
He further explained that the University has a Council, which is the governing body for USP and of which the Pro-Chancellor is Chair.
With 35 members, the University Council is composed of representatives of 12 member countries and there are also representatives from students and staff as well as Australia and New Zealand.
The USP Council meets twice a year, one in May which is held in a regional country, apart from Fiji and another in October/November held in Fiji.
The Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council also informed the students and staff at Emalus Campus that the preparations for the next 6-year USP Strategic Plan (2019 – 2024 Plan) have begun.
Mr Thompson also mentioned about the upcoming 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2018. He said next year’s 50th Anniversary celebrations will see many more things added to USP programmes.
He explained that for each regional member country the 50th Anniversary celebration will see different events for different countries.
One of the concerns raised during the meeting was poor internet connectivity at the Campus, to which Mr Thompson stated that the University, through the Vice-Chancellor and President is looking at ways to improve this situation.
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