News and Events

May 21, 2019 - At a function for Solomon Islands staff and students, the Minister for Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) of the Solomon Islands was presented with a copy of the bookEducating the People: Governance of Primary Education in Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa and Solomon Islands, 2000-2013’ edited by Dr Gordon Nanau and Professor Vijay Naidu of the Discipline of Government, Development and International Affairs (GDIA). The presentation was observed by Mr Francis Tavava, Solomon Islands Education Attaché in Suva, with Solomon Islands students and staff present. The book is both a comparative study of the four PICs and in-depth studies of primary education governance in Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa and the Solomon Islands.

May 16, 2019 - UN Secretary General Antonia Guterres met with women's advocates for a discussion on the impact of climate change on gender equality in the Pacific. The discussion was facilitated by Head of Discipline, Associate Professor Sandra Tarte, and organized by UN Women. It was held on USP Laucala campus on 16 May

April 11, 2019 - Film Launch and Panel Discussion for Parenting in the Smart Age: Fijian Perspectives - The film examines how has parenting changed with the introduction of smartphones and social media, including how parents and young people in urban Fiji manage the use of technologies in their day-to-day lives.

March 26, 2019 - GDIA Book Launch - Based on unprecedented documentary and field research in four Pacific island countries by scholars who know very well the cultures, histories and development trajectories of Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa and the Solomon Islands, the book is edited by Dr Gordon Nanau and Professor Vijay Naidu. 'Educating the People.....' is meant for educators, students and policy makers of the four countries as well as lay persons who are interested in basic education in the Pacific and its governance.

March 26, 2019 - Security Seminar in Japan -  The Tokyo-based Sasakawa Peace Foundation invited Associate Professor Sandra Tarte to address a seminar and panel discussion in Tokyo on 26 March 2019 on the subject 'Pacific Islands regional security after PALM 8 and the Boe Declaration 2018'. The seminar was attended by Japanese government representatives, researchers and representatives of the Pacific Islands Forum diplomatic missions in Tokyo. Also addressing the seminar was Mr James Movick, former Director General of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, who spoke on the Challenges and Opportunities for Securing the Blue Pacific.

Sandra and James were also invited to attend a JICA event on 27 March, to meet Pacific islands students studying in Japan under the JICA-sponsored Pacific Leaders' Educational Assistance for Development of State (Pacific LEADS) program

October 30-31, 2018 - The 'Rush for Oceania' Workshop - GDIA organised a 2 day workshop bringing together academics, civil society representatives, writers, dancers and artists. The workshop focused on considering a new research agenda exploring contemporary Oceans governance and stewardship in the Pacific.(Click here to download a copy of the workshop report)

August 9th, 2018 - Lunchtime Seminar - From Village to Nation: Collected writings of Pacific independence. GDIA presents this Lunchtime Seminar which will be delivered by Pastor Sethy Regenvanu. The seminar will be held on Thursday, 9th August 2018, from 12.30 - 1.30pm at the Centre for Development Studies Seminar Room (S103), Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) building. For further inquiries please contact Dr. Wesley Morgan, Lecturer in Politics and International Affairs, GDIA, on either via email: wesley_m(at) or phone: +679 3231924. Click here to view the flyer for the event.

July 2-13, 2018 - Honiara Diplomacy Workshop - In 2016, The University of the South Pacific (USP) received a request from the Solomon Islands Government for the delivery of a Graduate Certificate in Diplomacy and International Affairs as an in-country program for senior public servants from the Solomon Islands. In 2017 two courses, comprising the Graduate Certificate program, were delivered in Honiara, as two-week flexi-courses offered to senior public servants. In 2018 the Graduate Certificate program is again offered to senior Solomon Islands public servants. The first of the two courses to be offered in 2018 was the PL409 course.

Click here to download a copy of the workshop report

May 24th, 2018 - Public Lecture - Coolie Talks: Intergenerational Traumas Among Descendants of Indentured Communities. Fiji Public Policy Institute presents this Public Lecture in commemoration of Girmit Day at The University of the South Pacific. The Lecture will be delivered by Esha Pillay, M.A. SOAS University of London. The Lecture will be on Thursday, 24th May 2018, from 6 pm at the Centre for Development Studies Seminar Room (S103), Faculty of Business and Economics building. For further inquiries please contact Roshika Deo  roshika.deo.16(at); 996-9907. Click here to view the flyer for the event.

May 24th, 2018 - Prof. Allen's Book (RESOURCE EXTRACTION AND CONTENTIOUS STATES: Mining and the Politics of Scale in the Pacific Islands) Launch from 5.30pm - 7pm at FBE Conference Room (Courtyard). Please click here for more details. 

October 25-26th, 2017 - Diplomacy and International Negotiations Workshop for graduate GDIA students.

October 20th, 2017 - International Symposium 'Pacific Climate Law and Governance. Click here to view full program.

September 28th, 2017Special Climate Change Briefing for Journalists . The special seminar on climate change communication for journalist was a collaboration with the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD), the USP School of Journalism, and civil society members of the Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN).

September 2017 - The GDIA Debate Team made the School proud with their  performance at the finals of the School Inter-School Debate competition. Pictured from left: Head of Discipline, Assoc. Prof. Sandra Tarte; Vernassa Manyam, Israel Donumanasava, Triveshni Sharma and Jason Titifanue (Team coach).

July 31st - Aug. 5th, 2017 - Japan Invitational Visit Our Head of Discipline, Associate Professor Sandra Tarte, visited Japan as a guest of the Government of Japan.  

August 10th, 2017 - Public Seminar: "Pacific Grim? Human rights violations across the region and opportunities for change" . Presenter Kate Scheutze, Amnesty International. 

Mid-year break - GDIA’s Postgraduate Certificate in Diplomacy and International Affairs. Dr Wesley Morgan and former Australian diplomat and communications consultant Peter Rodgers travelled to Honiara to deliver a flexi-school course (PL409: Diplomacy, Negotiation and Statecraft) for senior public servants in the Solomon Islands Government. The course is a component of GDIA’s Postgraduate Certificate in Diplomacy and International Affairs.

June 15th, 2017 - Public Lecture: "Local Leadership for Global Goals. The Power of People Led Development". In conversation with Winnie Byanyima, Exec. Director OXFAM International.  

May 25th, 2017 - Lunchtime panel: "Unfinished Business: Protecting the Pacific Ocean from a Legacy of Nuclear Bombing". The Panel was organised in the lead up to the 2017 UN Oceans Conference in New York. Panelists: Prof. Naidu and Dr Slatter, GDIA, USP.   

Feb. 28th, 2017 - Panel Discussion The Rise of Illiberal Democracy: Implications for Social Movements Keynote by Prof. Gita Sen; Panel Respondents: Prof. Vijay Naidu (GDIA); Maureen Penjueli (PANG); Maria Graciela Cuervo (DAWN).The Panel was introduced by Dr. Andreea R. Torre (GDIA) and moderated by Assoc. Prof. Paul Carnegie (GDIA); Co-organizers of the Event: DAWN, PANG, GDIA.  

Feb. 23rd, 2017 - Pacific Climate Diplomacy Seminar Series launched at GDIA. The first seminar was titled "Friend or Foe? Australian climate policy post-Paris and implications for the Pacific" and was given by Dr. s. Bradshaw from Oxfam Australia.

1-2nd, December 2016 - Oceans Governance: Shaping our Future’ . The workshop was organised by GDIA in partnership with the State, Society & Governance in Melanesia Program (SSGM). For more information and resources from the workshop, please visit the workshop page at SSGM 

May 31st, 2016 - TEDX Suva talk by GDIA's MA candidate and teaching assistant Jope Tarai: "Re-thinking the Fijian man" - 31st May 2016

May 25th, 2016 - Book launch "The New Pacific Diplomacy", Fry, G. & Tarte, S. (Eds) - Press Release on Fiji Times

October 16th, 2015 - Special Issue launch "No Ordinary Election: The Fiji General Election 2014"


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