87th USP Council members during the final consultative workshop before approving the Strategic Plan 2019-2024.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) 87th Council meeting approved the University’s new Strategic Plan 2019-2024 (NSP) at the Holiday Inn, Suva on 2 November 2018.
The New Strategic Plan 2019-2024 identifies the University’s strategic direction and resource allocation plans for the next two triennia and 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. There is also a renewed focus on Pacific Arts, Heritage and Culture.
In particular, the NSP, has also revamped its Graduate Attributes, which is the design specifications for all its programmes 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 NSP has also aligned its Strategic Research Themes (SRTs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), SAMOA pathway and Regional Strategy for Small Island States and has shown commitment to pursue bigger research goals impacting the University and the region.
The NSP has identified eight (8) Priority Areas structured along the lines of the University’s core business of Learning, Teaching, Research and Innovation, Knowledge Transfer and Engagement.
The University has also strengthened Key Performance Indicators in the NSP to improve monitoring, evaluation and reporting to the University stakeholders.
According to Mr Winston Thompson, Pro Chancellor and Chair of USP Council, the NSP has been in the making for more than a year and was developed in accordance with the new Strategic Plan Development Roadmap, which was approved by the USP Council meeting 18 months ago in May 2017.
Mr Thompson highlighted that the consultative draft developed and approved in the May Council this year has since gone through 18 stakeholder consultations in USP’s 12 member countries.
“Internally, the new Strategic Plan 2019-2024 was developed through an inclusive and consultative process through the formation of the new Strategic Plan Development Committee and the new Strategic Plan Secretariat which led and managed the processes in accordance with the Roadmap,” Mr Thompson said.
The Strategic Plan 2019-2024 will come into effect from January 2019 and the focus of the University has now shifted towards implementation.
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