Members of the USP Council at the 87th Meeting at the Holiday Inn, Suva from 1- 2 November 2018.
The 87th Council meeting of The University of the South Pacific (USP) successfully concluded at the Holiday Inn, Suva from 1 - 2 November 2018.
USP Council is the highest decision-making body of the University, and meets twice a year to discuss the affairs of the University and comprises the Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, the Vice-Chancellor and President, representatives of the 12 member country governments, staff and students. One representative each from Australia and New Zealand and Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat are also part of the Council.
The two-day meeting was chaired by the Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, Mr Winston Thompson.
On day one of the Council meeting (1 November), the Council members participated in a workshop for the new Strategic Plan 2019-2024 (NSP).
The Council received the changes and recommendations on the new USP Strategic Plan 2019-2024 that were made at the Workshop on day one of the Council meeting and approved the NSP.
The NSP 2019-2024 continues the journey of excellence with renewed focus in some key areas of Higher Education, such as Entrepreneurship and Employability, Internationalisation, Sustainability, Strategic Partnerships, Thought Leadership and Research Impact.
In particular, the NSP, has also revamped its Graduate Attributes, which is the design specifications for all its graduates to improve graduates skilled in resilience, adaptability, empathy, lifelong learning, entrepreneurship, communications, critical thinking, problem solving, digital literacy and related soft skills to resolve work place needs and create opportunities for wealth creation.
The Council presented a token of appreciation to the outgoing Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rajesh Chandra as this was his final USP Council meeting. Professor Chandra’s term comes to an end in December 2018.
The Council took the opportunity to also welcome the new Vice-Chancellor Designate Professor Pal Ahluwalia.
The Council received reports on the activities carried out by the Pro-Chancellor & Chair of Council, Mr Winston Thompson since the report to the last Council meeting and on key developments, achievements and challenges by Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra.
The Council unanimously reappointed the Mr Winston Thompson as the Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council for the next three years (2019-2021).
The Council noted the report from the Finance and Investments Committee on the Committee’s work since the last Council meeting and adopted the Audited Financial Statements for the half year ended 30 June 2018.
The Council considered and approved the proposed Annual Plan for 2019 and noted that the Plan was endorsed by the Finance & Investments Committee and the Executive Committee. It will be the first for the new triennium 2019 to 2021 and for the new Strategic Plan period 2019 to 2024. The meeting also approved the funding plan for 2019, with total income for $215.5m, total expenditure of $210.8m, and an operating surplus of $4.7m.
The Council considered an update on USP’s Enterprise Risk Management activities and action plans to address Internal Audit reports and noted the following reports:
(i) USP’s Risk Register;
(ii) Progress of USP’s action to address Key Risks; and
(iii) Progress of closure of outstanding Internal Audit Issues
The following programmes were instituted by the Council:
1. Diploma of Justice;
2. Master of Science in Geospatial Science;
3. Bachelor of Public Health;
4. Bachelor of Engineering : Civil;
5. Certificate IV in Counselling;
6. Certificate in Educational Assessment.
7. Certificate IV in Coastal Fisheries and Aquaculture Compliance
The Council also approved the establishment of the new School of Public Health based in the Solomon Islands Campus.
The Council received a report on the University’s response to academic matters raised by the USPSA
Federal at the last Council meeting held in May 2018, and other relating matters arising in discussion
and Council approved the recommendations proposed in the Report.
The Council also noted updates on the report on the status of developments at the Regional
Campuses since the last Council meeting; implementation of the University’s HR reforms,
Re-engineering of processes, together with timelines and actions for continuous improvements;
and the report from the 50th Anniversary Steering Committee on the Committee’s work since the last Council meeting.
The next USP Council meeting will held in Vanuatu in May 2019.
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