Mr Winston Thompson, USP Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council (left) and His Excellency Ratu Tui Cavuilati, the Roving Ambassador at Fiji’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) is pleased to announce that the USP Convention has come into effect from 16 June 2018.
According to the Convention, the Fiji Government, as the depository has an obligation to inform USP Member Countries when the Convention will take effect and this will be formally conveyed by His Excellency Ratu Tui Cavuilati, the Roving Ambassador to the Pacific to the member country governments.
In addition, Mr Winston Thompson, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council deposited the Instrument of Signature by Niue and original signed Instrument of Ratification from Vanuatu for the USP Convention to the Fiji Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Suva on 4 July 2018.
Niue signed the Convention during the 86th Council meeting in Nauru on 22 May 2018 making it the 12th and final member country to sign the Convention.
Vanuatu’s ratification makes it the seventh member country to ratify and joins Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Samoa and Tuvalu.
The Government of Fiji is the depository of the USP Convention in accordance with its provisions and this is facilitated by the Office of the Roving Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The USP Convention is a proposed agreement between the University and its member countries which is aimed at legally embedding the University in member countries and supplementing the University’s founding legal instruments of the Royal Charter and Statutes.
As each member country financially supports the University and is, through its Minister of Education, actively engaged in the governance of the University, the Convention is seen as a simple way of promulgating and supporting the on-going operations of the University and as a means of ensuring that it continues to deliver a valuable educational service to its member countries.
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