Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP hands over a gift to Mr Robert Jauncey, Regional Director, Asian Development Bank, South Pacific Sub-Regional Office during his farewell lunch in Suva.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) hosted a farewell lunch for Mr Robert Jauncey, Regional Director, Asian Development Bank, South Pacific Sub-Regional Office at the Tiko’s Floating Restaurant in Suva, on 26 February, 2018.
Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP acknowledged Mr Jauncey’s contribution towards leveraging the University’s relationship with ADB, saying the significant assistance and support provided during his tenure in Fiji is highly appreciated.
“Your term as Regional Director for the ADB’s Sub-Regional Office in the Pacific started in February 2014 and in this duration, we have witnessed significant enhancements of USP-ADB collaboration,” Professor Chandra noted.
He said the relationship between USP and the Sub-Regional Office has been strengthened through Mr Jauncey’s valuable interventions and the University’s level of engagement with ADB Head Office in Manilla have also increased by many folds.
“The signing of the Cooperation Agreement to Strengthen Knowledge Collaboration between USP and ADB in July 2017 is a result of your active engagement with USP,” Professor Chandra noted.
Professor Chandra noted that during Mr Jauncey’s leadership, there were a significant number of achievements made and some of these milestones, include:
• Signing of Tranche 1 and 2 for the developments of the Kiribati and Solomon Island campuses;
• Under Tranche 2, the University pursued a grant to install “Clean Energy” Technology at the new Solomon Islands Campus, to be undertaken in conjunction with the new Campus Development; and
• Signing of the Cooperation Agreement to Strengthen Knowledge Collaboration in 2017.
Professor Chandra acknowledged Mr Jauncey’s strong support which has enabled the University “to ensure that we deliver high-quality and responsive learning, teaching, research and infrastructure which is inclusive and relevant for the Pacific people”.
“The success during your tenure of leadership is a true reflection of your careers accomplishments and high standard of professionalism. We look forward to maintaining close relationship with ADB and guarantee that we will render our continued full support to your successor,” he stated.
“USP is thankful for the continued support and assistance which you have provided and on behalf of the University, I would like to take this opportunity to bid you farewell and wish you all the very best in your new career path based at the ADB office in Sydney,” he added.
Mr Jauncey acknowledged USP for its wisdom and oversight in its dealings with his office across all spectrums.
He acknowledged USP’s continuous engagement with ADB in advocating for expansion of fibre optic cables in the Pacific and its contributions towards enabling fibre optic cable come into fruition for Pacific Island countries.
He thanked Professor Chandra for his support ever since he took up office four years ago and assured that while the USP-ADB partnership continues to strengthen, he would certainly take back wonderful memories with him.
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