Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP (third from right) and Dr David Rohindra, Associate Professor at FSTE (second from left) with Japanese delegates.
Professors from various universities in Japan together with the new Resident Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Ms Yukari Ono paid a courtesy visit to The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra at the Laucala Campus on 26 January 2018.
The Professors were in the country to attend a Symposium on the “Future International Cooperation and Human Resource Development in Marine Science and Fisheries” organised by JICA and USP’s School of Marine Studies from 29 – 30 January 2018.
In welcoming them to USP, Professor Chandra said that the University has a very long-standing relationship with different universities in Japan.
He informed the delegates that the University’s Lower Campus was built in the year 1998with funding assistance from Japan.
“From that time, the focus on Marine Studies has continued to increase and that of course is a very important priority of the Pacific,” Professor Chandra said.
USP, he further added, is an Oceanic University, with twelve-member countries with a very large marine area.
Professor Chandra acknowledged the University’s relationship with the Japanese Government and mentioned that there is a momentum of expanding the relationships.
Professor Hideo Yamasaki, Dean of Faculty of Science, and Head of Graduate School of Engineering and Science at the University of Ryukyus, in Okinawa, Japan, congratulated Professor Chandra and the University for its fifty (50) years of existence.
To this, Professor Chandra noted that the University will be officially launching its 50th Anniversary on 5 February to commemorate the first day of classes on the very same day fifty years ago, on that very day.
Professor Chandra informed the delegates that the Laucala Campus used to be the Royal New Zealand flying boat base and showed them photos from the past which are exhibited at the Chancellery Board Room.
He added that the University was formally established through a Royal Charter and Queen Elizabeth the Second personally delivered the Charter to the University in 1972.
Ms Ono said that JICA is pleased to organise the symposium in collaboration with the School of Marine Studies which is held at the University’s Laucala Campus.
She hopes that cooperation between the Japanese universities and USP will continue to grow and added that JICA is pleased to support such collaborations.
The Japanese delegation comprised of Professor Yamasaki, Ms Ono, Professor Shunsuke Koshio, Dean of Faculty of Fisheries at Kagoshima University, Professor Takao Yoshimatsu, Assistant President of International Exchanges/Cooperation at Mie University, Maki Kyan, Sub-section chief of the General Affairs Division in Faculty of Science at the University of the Ryukyus and Ayami Tamashiro, who is an Academic Affairs staff in the Faculty of Science in Ryukyus University, Japan, together with Mr Masanami Izumi, who is a JICA expert at the School of Marine Studies, USP.
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