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USP’s 50th Anniversary, Logo, Theme and Website Launched

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USP’s 50th Anniversary logo and theme (Approved at the 84th USP Council meeting).

In the lead up to its 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018, The University of the South Pacific (USP) launched its special 50th anniversary logo, theme, and website reflecting the developments and achievements of the University since its establishment in 1968.

The launch was held on day two of the University’s 85th Council meeting held at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi on 25 October, 2017.

50th Anniversary Logo and Theme

Mr Winston Thompson, USP Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, during the launch said the logo and theme of USP’s 50th anniversary is truly reflective of the role that the University has played in helping shape the future of the Pacific region and especially towards the development and training of Pacific leaders over the past 50 years.

“The 50th anniversary logo entails a sailing canoe element which is amplified from the existing USP logo. The canoe, also known as vaka, drua, kalia or tongiaki in the Pacific, sailing across the ocean and its sea of islands symbolises the strive for education; of the progress of its people through time and space, and the journey of USP as it navigates its way into the future together with its stakeholders,” Mr Thompson said.

“Fifty years on the mana of knowledge shines brightly in the golden background and lettering of the golden jubilee logo illuminates the oceans, islands, skies and people of the Pacific that USP serves.”

Mr Thompson, who is also the Chair of the 50th Anniversary Steering Committee highlighted that the theme for the 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018 is: Celebrating the Pacific, Shaping its Future.

“Both the 50th anniversary logo and theme will be used to brand all official anniversary items and events such as print and digital publications and merchandise now that the logo and theme have been officially launched,” Mr Thompson added.

The new logo and theme will be implemented and used across the University effective from 1 November 2017 to 31 December 2018. 

50th Anniversary website

The 50th anniversary website displays information about USP’s Alumni; Publications; Features and Gallery; Events and Exhibitions and Reflections featuring the University’s Journey, Achievements, Leaders, Development Partners and its Regional Campuses. The website can be accessed on the following link: 

Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President and Mr Winston Thompson, USP Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council.

The Our Journey section features major highlights of USP since opening its doors for business in 1968. Some of these include Francis Saemala, Solomon Islands Deputy PM being the first student applicant; establishment of the Tonga and Tuvalu campuses in the 1970s; USP’s first graduation in December of 1971; official opening of the USP Library in 1972; establishment of a satellite link at the Solomon Islands Centre in August of 1974; and the establishment of the Tokelau Centre in 1984, among many others.

The Regional Campuses page is dedicated to everything about USP’s regional campuses including their establishment and respective histories, former staff and students including historical photos of what they once looked like compared to their current structure.

As for the Our Leaders page, information on USP’s Chancellors, Pro-Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors are detailed including dates and terms of appointment and their other professional engagements and professional capacities.

Our Achievements section highlights a myriad of achievements of USP since its establishment in 1968; this includes the international accreditations of its programmes, patents, awards and other significant accomplishments of the University for the past 50 years.

The website also features the University’s major development partners, Australia and New Zealand, who have been with the University since 1968 and are the only development partner contributing to the core budget. Other major development partners contributing through projects over the decades are: European Union, Japan, United States of America, People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea, United Kingdom, France, India, Canada, Asian Development Bank, and Taiwan/Republic of China.

The University’s alumni will be a key part of the 50th anniversary celebrations and the Our Alumni section on the website is especially dedicated to the alumni of USP. This section showcases alumni of the different decades and also features testimonials from some of the Pacific leaders and icons who have attained their higher education at USP.

The News, Publications and Gallery section of the website provides information on significant publications of the University, news pertaining to the celebrations in 2018 and a dynamic photo gallery which will take the viewer back in time through decades since the inception of USP in 1968.

Screen shot of the USP 50th anniversary website. Please click on: to access the website for more information.

50th Anniversary Events

Mr Thompson said USP will celebrate the 50th anniversary in 2018 with an exciting line-up of events throughout the entire academic year and across all if its 14 campuses at its 12 member countries.

The 50th anniversary website also has an Events section which will be constantly updated throughout the year of celebrations and will be an interactive way of keeping the public informed about the latest events, and venues of the happenings related to the golden jubilee celebrations.

“Some of the events to mark the celebrations include the 50th anniversary launch and Time Capsule, Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Memorial, Travelling Exhibition, Research Seminar Series, ‘Talking to the Ancestors’ Exhibition, Song Launch, Library Focus Week, ‘We are the Ocean’ Heritage & Arts Festival, ‘Living Objects’ Exhibition, an Open Day, a Mana: Voyaging Oceania Performance and ‘Our Sea of Islands’ symposium, among many others,” Mr Thompson added.

Mr Thompson highlighted in particular the exhibition planned by USP which would travel to all its member countries to ensure inclusivity and inculcate a culture of pride throughout its campuses and member countries.

“The travelling exhibition will be a very dynamic and interactive part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, and will share the history and development of our regional university, celebrating innovation and diversity,” Mr Thompson said.

He added that the University will be publishing a Souvenir Book in 2018 detailing the history of USP filled with rare photographs, facts and interesting stories from the past.

“Filled with rare photographs, important facts and interesting stories and recollections from past students and staff, this will be a collectable memento for anyone who has had an association with the University during its 50 years of operation. Available both from the USP Bookshop and online, it will be a lasting keepsake that will definitely sell out quickly,” Mr Thompson stated.

He added that the University will seize the opportunity to not only share its historic achievements and firsts since its inception but will also engage heavily with its alumni, development partners, corporate organisations and communities during this milestone.

2018 will definitely be the golden year for USP and everyone associated with it.

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