Remarks and Introduction of the Chief Guest by Mr Ikbal Jannif, Pro-Chancellor & Chair of the USP Council -  Office of the Vice-Chancellor

Remarks and Introduction of the Chief Guest by Mr Ikbal Jannif, Pro-Chancellor & Chair of the USP Council

HE The President of the Republic of Fiji, Hon. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau
Chief Guest, USP Chancellor, Ulu-o-Tokelau, H.E Aliki Faipule  Kerisiano Kalolo
Honourable Ministers
 Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice ĖChancellor & President
Excellencies and Members of the Diplomatic Corps
Heads and Representatives of CROP and International Organizations
Senior Government Officials & Heads of Statutory Organizations
Ms Faye Yee, Chair of Finance and Investments Committee
Members of the Council, Senate & FIC
Members of SMT & Staff of the University
Distinguished Guests
Ladies & Gentlemen

I take great pleasure in addressing this gathering of esteemed colleagues, friends, and stakeholders.  Your numbers are a great show of confidence and optimism in the future of USP.  

I hope that all of us will be able to gather again in six years to celebrate USPís 50th anniversary and the accomplishment of the grand plans that are laid out in this strategic document.

Fiji, a member country since USPís foundation, has most graciously hosted USPís headquarters here at Laucala.  Other members of USP have all collectively supported USP for over 4 decades and building this university into what it is today; and working towards becoming a University of Excellence in 2018. 

We are incredibly fortunate this evening to welcome   our Chancellor, Ulu-o-Tokelau H.E Aliki Faipule Kerisiano Kalolo as the Chief Guest.  

As head of his Government, he has lent strong support to the University, and to the priorities it champions, such as the development of ICT and entrepreneurialism.  He has championed the value of education and has frequently encouraged his countryís youth to pursue qualifications and then become economically productive.     

I am honoured to introduce to you our Chief Guest tonight before I invite him to give his address and launch USPís Strategic Plan 2013-2018. 

The Chancellor, who is formally addressed as Faipule Keli Kalolo or Kelihiano Kalolo:

Ladies and Gentlemen, letís welcome the Chancellor of USP.

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