(L-R): USP Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council Mr Winston Thompson and Hon. Mr John Dean Kuku, Minister for Education and Human Resources Development of Solomon Islands after the signing of the USP Convention at the 85th Council meeting.
The Solomon Islands has become the 10th member country of The University of the South Pacific (USP) to sign the USP Convention.
The Minister for Education and Human Resources Development of Solomon Islands, Honourable Mr John Dean Kuku signed the Convention on behalf of the Solomon Islands Government during the 85th USP Council meeting 25 October 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.
Hon. Mr Kuku said the USP Convention is necessary and gives legal standing to USP to promote its mission and purpose in Solomon Islands.
“Solomon Islands has the second highest number of students studying not only in Alafua, Emalus and Laucala but also at the Solomon Islands Campus at Lawson Tama, in Honiara,” Hon. Mr Kuku said.
He added that the timing of the signing of the USP Convention will allow USP more flexibility and empowerment as it begins the construction of the fourth USP Campus in Honiara.
Hon. Mr John Dean Kuku, Minister for Education and Human Resources Development of Solomon Islands (right) during the signing of the USP Convention as the USP Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council Mr Winston Thompson looks on.
“I am happy to have signed the USP Convention on behalf of the people and Government of Solomon Islands before the USP Council, not only as a sign of our membership but as a trustee of USP,” he added.
Hon. Mr Kuku thanked all members if the USP Council for their presence and for witnessing the signing ceremony.
USP Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, Mr Winston Thompson thanked the Government of Solomon Islands and Hon. Mr Kuku for signing the USP Convention.
The signed document was received by Mr Thompson and Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President.
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