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USP awards CHEC Civil Works Contract for new Solomon Island Campus

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Design for New Solomon Islands Campus

The University of the South Pacific (USP) has awarded China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Limited the contract for civil works for the construction of a new Solomon Islands Campus.

The USD $12m contract was awarded on 22 January 2020. On Thursday, 20 February 2020, the contract was signed by Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor & President (VCP) of USP and Mr. Ma Jianhua, Executive Director of CHEC South Pacific.

Professor Ahluwalia said that he was pleased with this development as this has been a long-awaited project that would greatly benefit not only the University, but the Government and people of Solomon Islands.

 “The signing represents win, with respect to this important initiative undertaken by both USP and the Solomon Islands Government in order for Solomon Islands and its people to get a modern campus for quality tertiary education as Solomon Islands students make up the second largest student population in USP, after Fiji.” Professor Ahluwalia said it was indeed a momentous occasion for the Government and people of Solomon Islands.

The new campus will be funded through a soft loan of US$15.4 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and, guaranteed by the Solomon Islands Government.

In addition, US$1.5m grant was provided by the ADB’s Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility (CEFPF) for the construction of a solar panel photovoltaic system which will meet 75 per cent of the energy needs at the new Campus.

Professor thanked the ADB for the loan and grant and the Government of Solomon Islands for its support and patience. 

The new USP Kiribati campus was also completed in 2014 through the soft loan from ADB. The total loan acquired for the two campuses is US$19m.


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