Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP presents a gift to H.E Andrew Jacobs, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific during his farewell at the Laucala Campus.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) community farewelled His Excellency Andrew Jacobs, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific, in a function at the Laucala Campus on 30 August, 2017. H.E. Mr Jacobs has been in the post since February 2013 and is accredited to eleven (11) countries in the region.
Those present included Mr Winston Thompson, Pro-Chancellor of USP, Excellencies and Members of the Diplomatic Corps; Representatives from the Regional and International Organisations; USP’s Senior Management Team; Staff of USP and invited guests.
Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP welcomed everyone to the occasion saying that under H.E Mr Jacobs leadership, the Delegation of the EU in the Pacific has made some very important contributions to the development of the Pacific region in the area of Climate Change, Education, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Development, Fisheries and Marine, Gender and Human Rights and Public Administration, among others.
He expressed gratitude for His Excellency’s support in a major programme for the exchange of students and academic personnel under EU-financed mobility programmes such as ERASMUS, CARPIMS and BULA in the Pacific region.
“Under your guidance, USP is honoured and privileged to be entrusted by both the Delegation of the EU and the Pacific Community (SPC) with the implementation of the most recent project - the EUR 6.1 million EU Pacific Technical and Vocational Education and Training on Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Adaptation (PacTVET) project in the Pacific region,” he remarked.
“Your commitment to the betterment of the Pacific people and climate change is clearly reflected in the support by the EU Global Climate Change (GCCA) Project that enables implementation of climate change, adaption, and enhancing community resilience activities in the Pacific region,” Professor Chandra said.
Under this project, a total 68 scholarships were awarded for Masters and PhD students and 59 communities were reached for purposes of capacity building and enhancing resilience to the impact of climate change.
H.E Andrew Jacobs, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific during his farewell at the Laucala Campus.
He noted that over the last three to four years, USP has worked closely with the EU in organising the Europe Day Celebrations, with this year being a notable one with the inaugural Inter-University Quiz Challenge.
“Your Excellency, in many ways EU and USP are natural partners in the sense that EU stands for cooperation and integration of a group of countries so that their collective livelihoods can be better and they can make an impact on the global scene. The Pacific is also trying to do the same and USP is one of those regional organisations that is very much involved in this,” he said.
H.E Jacobs said he valued the cooperation between USP and EU and reminisced having experienced major events in Fiji including the gold medal win by Fiji in Rio and the tragic events brought about by TC Winston.
He noted that the relationship between Fiji and the EU has developed steadily and following the general elections and return to parliamentary democracy, the EU restarted its cooperation programme which included working with the Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand parliaments on a parliamentary programme; the sugar sector and an effective Access to Justice programme, among others.
“On a personal level, we will take Fiji and the Pacific away in our hearts as we have been blessed by your hospitality and made to feel welcome,” he noted.
“I also want to put on record how much I have appreciated the cooperation with a wide range of different agencies in the Pacific including USP and other CROP agencies like the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Pacific Community (SPC), South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), other universities, civil service, UN agencies and the diplomatic corps,” he added.
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