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USP and MSG sign MOU

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(left) H.E Amena Yauvoli, Director General of MSG with Professor Pal Ahluwalia, President and Vice- Chancellor of USP at a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing on October 15.

The University of the South (USP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Secretariat on October 15, 2019 to foster mutual  relationship through cooperation in areas of common interest.

Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Vice- Chancellor and President (VCP) of USP welcomed  H.E Amena Yauvoli, Director General of MSG and the delegation to the USP Laucala Campus. He said that the signing of the MOU is moving the cooperation to another level.  “The signing signals the commitment of USP and MSG to deepen our relationship and it represents a step in the building of a strategic alliance and partnership which is critical in today’s globally integrated world.”

Professor Ahluwalia said that MSG represents a large portion of USP’s constituency; three out of the five MSG members are USP member countries and it is therefore extremely important that USP has an effective relationship with the MSG Secretariat.

“The MOU is a gateway to advance the current relationships amongst the two organisations in the areas of mutual cooperation. We have done some really good things together in terms of teaching and learning, research, particularly around our ICT.  We want to pay significant attention to cyber security. We think cyber is one of the areas we have to focus on,” he said.  

He added that in terms of Student Support, Regional and Community Engagement, Human Resources, and Governance and Leadership, which have set USP on a path to significant accomplishment that will deliver real benefits for the region’s people. 

Professor Ahluwalia said that USP welcomes the MOU and  looks forward to collaborating more with MSG on the implementation of the priorities, and in particular exchange of information in the areas of common interest; participation in seminars, meetings and short term academic programmes; internship and research.

Finally, Professor Ahluwalia said that USP is very grateful for the support that MSG countries provide to USP and hope that this continues well into the future and thanked H.E. Yauvoli and his team for hosting the signing ceremony.

H.E. Yauvoli added that he would like to enhance the partnership with USP and there is a need to work together to deliver for our people. “I think we have lot of potential for collaboration and partnership to build strong platforms that will enable us to deliver”.

“A good example is Climate Change and I have been working with the University through the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD). We have complemented each other in terms of research,” added H.E. Yauvoli.

He explained that based on our common goals and objectives, we can do more through joining our efforts in certain areas and through the sharing of experiences and best practices.

H.E. Yauvoli said that the MOU signing is a very good stepping stone, in order to effectively address and assist the work being done in the region.

He thanked the VCP for the value he put into the partnership and he is confident that it will continue to rise.

Founded in 1968, USP serves the regional needs of its 12 member Countries. One of the major and leading tertiary education providers in the Pacific, USP offers education and training, research and consultancy services, and technical expertise to its members. This steady supply of graduates has contributed to meeting the human resource development needs of the region for 50 years.

The MSG is a sub-regional organisation with members comprising of the Republic of Fiji, Independent State of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Republic of Vanuatu and the Front de Liberation Nationale Kanak et Socialiste (FLNKS) of New Caledonia.


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