USP, AIESEC agree on youth internship & exchange programmes
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Ms Ginny Do, Managing Director, AIESEC and Professor Coll, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching & Student Services (LTSS) after the MOU signing.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) and AIESEC,the world's largest non-profit youth-run organisation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Letter of Agreement (LOA) at the Laucala Campus on 5 February 2018, for the promotion of youth internships and exchange programmes.
AISEC is a youth leadership movement recognised internationally in Europe, Asia and an office has been established here in Suva, Fiji – a first in the Pacific. The organisation spans over 126 countries and territories and every aspect of AIESEC’s operations are managed by students and recent graduates.
Professor Coll, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching & Student Services (LTSS) extended a warm welcome to Ms Ginny Do and her team, mentioning that USP has had collaborations and exchange programmes with various universities and institutes in the areas of Research, Climate change, Marine Studies and other thematic areas.
He expressed pleasure in signing these Agreements for the enabling of young people in becoming better leaders, embedding a sense of volunteerism and entrepreneurship.
The MOU will serve as a general framework for cooperation between the two (2) organisations and is intended to facilitate discussions of more specific programmes of collaboration across the University.
This Agreement gives an opportunity for internships to USP students, enabling them to explore the world and widen their global perspectives, participate in this huge network of the biggest youth-run organisation and enhance their leadership capacity through the exchange and membership programmes.
According to Professor Coll, this programme will also raise self-awareness, be more solution oriented, ability to empower others and be world citizens in becoming more aware of global issues and acting upon them.
These Agreements he said, are also an excellent platform to increase interest with students’ intention to study at USP.
AIESEC, he noted, will also learn and benefit from the students motivational drive and ability to instill abilities within the students to re-invent themselves by understanding their personal values and becoming aware of their own strengths and shortcomings.
The LOA is designed to foster mutual cooperation in teaching and research between USP under the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) and AIESEC.
The LOA is more specifically for FALE in areas of cooperation, such as Student exchange for volunteer and internship programmes, joint student-led activities and events, participation in seminars, forums or academic meetings and exchange of research materials and other information.
Professor Coll added that USP looked forward to working closely with AIESEC in pursuing initiatives and programmes that will benefit both organisations.
Ms Ginny Do, Managing Director, AIESEC, Fiji said that it is with great pleasure that AIESEC has USP as a valuable partner in their journey of empowering leadership development of Fijian and Pacific youth.
“Through this strategic partnership, we hope to bring more international volunteer and internship opportunities to the students, engage them in our dynamic global network, and enhance their leadership potentials to better prepare them for their future career,” Ms Do stated.
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