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Canadian High Commissioner Visits USP’s Emalus Campus

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Dr Sean Donlan Deputy Head of School of Law, Mr Donald Bobiash, Asst. Deputy Minister, Hon. Vice Admiral (Rtd) Paul Maddison, High Commissioner, Mr Ruben Markward, Campus Manager and Dr Krishna Kotra, Science Programme Coordinator.

Honourable Vice Admiral (Rtd) Paul Maddison, High Commissioner of Canada visited The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Emalus Campus along with Mr Donald Bobiash, Assistant Deputy Minister, Asia Pacific OGM of Global Affairs Canada on 2 September, 2017.

Mr Ruben Markward, Campus Manger welcomed the delegation and briefed them about the activities at the Campus. He shared USP’s vision for the regional campuses and in particular about Emalus Campus.

Hon. Maddison thanked the Campus for the opportunity to visit and shared various aspects of his office in regards to regional support in education.

He said that he had fruitful discussions with the Prime Minister and Minister of Education of Vanuatu. He also shared his discussions with the Director General of the Ministry of Education in regards to various scholarships being offered by the Government of Canada.

According to him, his visit is part of efforts to strengthen collaborative ties of the Pacific with Canada.

Hon. Maddison invited the Campus to use various scholarships on offer to the Ni-Vanuatu students and assured them of his strong support.

Mr Bobiash identified relevant agencies as sources for scholarships and funding for both students and staff.

He elaborated on the approach for these scholarships and gave important links to reach these agencies. Apart from the Canadian Government, Canadian Universities are also offering scholarships he added, and felt that these would also potentially benefit USP students in pursuit of higher studies. 

Dr Sean Donlan, Deputy Head of the School of Law explained the activities of his School in respect to maritime law expertise and said that they are interested in having collaborative research with Canadian Universities.

Dr Krishna Kotra, Science Programme Coordinator said that it would best suit the interests of the students to have the Canadian Universities participation as well in the ongoing collaborative research projects at the Emalus Campus.   

The team was impressed with the scenic set up of the Emalus Campus and expressed satisfaction on the facilities. 

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