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USP Hosts Auckland Alumni

The University of the South Pacific’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rajesh Chandra, hosted an Alumni Cocktail at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Auckland on 29 June 2010. Professor Chandra was in New Zealand to attend the meetings of the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, as well as to meet with development cooperation officials from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and officials from Auckland University. The Vice-Chancellor took this as an opportunity to host this inaugural function.

USP has over 40,000 alumni, with large groups living in every Pacific Island Country as well as Australia and New Zealand. Many of the University’s alumni have had very successful careers, and have made significant contributions in their fields to the development of the region. Some have become leaders in their respective countries and communities. Many have also held or are holding top positions in government. The Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands is one such

illustrious alumnus. Many other alumni are key players in international and regional organisations and the private sector. 

The University is committed to engaging more frequently and more meaningfully with its alumni. This commitment is described in its Strategic Plan 2010 – 2012, which is the framework document for all of USPs activities.

In his opening remarks at the Alumni Cocktail, the Vice-Chancellor stated that he hoped that the personal and professional networking started at the gathering would continue, and would result in the establishment of a strong alumni network in the near future. He added, “I am sure we will host more functions for our alumni that are based here in New Zealand, and also for alumni that are based elsewhere.”

In response to the Vice-Chancellor’s comments, Mr John Samy, an alumnus who graduated in 1972, stated that, in its years of operation throughout the island nations of the Pacific, USP graduates have become increasingly prominent players at the national level in their respective country’s development . They have continued to demonstrate the capacity to take on various roles, including that of leadership.

The University is keen to replicate the success of its event in Auckland. The University will host more functions this year to celebrate the accomplishments of its alumni, and to provide a forum for its alumni to interact with each other and remain up to date with current events at USP.

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