Mr Winston Thompson, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council and Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor & President at the sealing of the time capsule.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) sealed the 50th Anniversary Time Capsule during an event to mark its 50th anniversary of existence at the Laucala Campus on 13 December 2018.
Mr Winston Thompson, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council said the time capsule, the size of a small suitcase, will establish what 2018 was like and will be opened in 25 years’ time.
The time capsule is kept in a glass box at the Vice-Chancellor’s foyer with a list of the 50 events that were held to commemorate the anniversary throughout 2018. It contains items that appropriately represent the University, the Pacific and our culture in 2018 for future generations.
Mr Thompson explained that unlike the last time capsule, which was buried in 1997 under the Australia-Pacific Lecture Theatre during its construction, this one is visible and neatly kept in a glass box to avoid difficulty in accessing it in the future.
“The last capsule was buried and it was difficult getting it out and took a couple of hours however, when we finally did it was a soggy mess, hence a different approach now,” he said.
Its contents include the:
• 50th Anniversary Welcome to students & Anniversary Calender of Events;
• Programme from the unveiling of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Commemorative Monument;
• Plaque given to those involved in the construction of the RNZAF Commemorative Monument;
• 50th Anniversary insert from the Fiji Sun newspaper;
• Letter from Librarian of the Day to the USP Librarian of the Future;
• 50th Anniversary Commemorative Medal;
• 50th Anniversary pen;
• Hand spinner (an iconic 2018 item popular with youths);
• Samsung smartphone; and
• a USB containing videos and photographs from the 50th Anniversary.
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