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USP staff participate in Emerging Scholars Colloquium

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Participants and mentors at the A-CSEAR 2017 Emerging Scholars Colloquium

Five staff of The University of the South Pacific (USP) participated in an Emerging Scholar’s Colloquium (ESC) organised as part of the 16th Annual Conference of the Australasian Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (A-CSEAR).

The colloquium was held in Nadi, Fiji on 7 December, 2017 and jointly coordinated by Dr Peni Fukofuka of USP’s School of Accounting and Finance (SOAF) and Associate Professor Sumit Lodhia of the University of South Australia, also a USP alumni.

Twelve (12) emerging academics from universities in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji participated in the colloquium which provided them with a platform to present their research proposals for Masters theses, PhD theses and post-doctoral research.

The participants received valuable feedback from an esteemed panel of mentors including Professor Charl de Villiers from Auckland University, Professor Chris van Staden from the Auckland University of Technology and Professor Carol Adams from the University of South Australia.

Dr Nacanieli Rika, Acting Head of the SOAF, said the colloquium provided an important means to develop the research capacity of younger academics at USP and enabled them to benchmark the quality of their research projects against peers from Australia and New Zealand.

Dr Fukofuka said the mentors were quite impressed with the quality of the research proposals presented by USP participants.

One of the participants, Mr Elizur Nashon, a Teaching Assistant at the SOAF said “the colloquium was a motivating and intellectually inspiring event. The range of topics sparked intense conversation and discussion. The colloquium also highlighted emerging areas in research which have the potential to broaden the body of knowledge in accounting and sustainability”.

The colloquium was funded through the generous financial support of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) based in London.

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