USP Alumni Network

Biman Prasad

1.What is your home country?  

2.What programme(s) did you graduate in and in which year? 
BA (Mathematics and Economics) & Graduate Certificate in Education

3.What was your most memorable moment as a student? 
Being elected to represent the student association on the USP Council and giving graduation dinner address on behalf of the graduands in 1985

4.Describe your experience while studying at USP.
USP provided me with excellent opportunity to interact with students from the Pacific and we made lasting friendships. 

5.What was your greatest achievement while studying at USP?
Serving as a student leaders and representing students effectively on USP committees

6.After graduating from USP, what were some of the highlights of your career?
I have done  consultancy work for international organisations such as the Asian Development Bank, UNESCAP, CLGF, Food and Agricultural Organisation, The World Trade Organisation, AusAID, etc  and governments in the Pacific region. I am an Associate Editor for the Journal of Fijian Studies and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pacific Studies. I have travelled extensively around the world and have presented papers at many international conferences over the last several years. I have taught in the World Trade Organizationís Regional Trade Policy Course for the Asia-Pacific region at the Universities of Hong Kong and National University of Singapore and at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.  I have also been a visiting Professor at the Kagoshima University in Japan, the Otago University in New Zealand and James Cook University in Australia. Currently I am a Professor of Economics and the Chair of the Oceania Development Network, a regional network supported by the Global Development Network.  

7.How do you think USP helped you in your career?
USP provided me opportunities to do my masters and PhD in Australia and a very supportive environment for research

8.After graduating from USP, what has been your greatest achievement?
I am the first Pacific recipient of the prestigious Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) fellowship under which he spent several months at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in India as a visiting Professor. I have received numerous other awards and short-term fellowships. More recently I was a recipient of the 2011 Vice Chancellorís Prize for Excellence in Research Leadership at the University of the South Pacific. 

9.What advice would you give to current and future students of USP?
Play an active role in all student activities.   Do not shy away from asking questions on issues affecting  your study and issues of development in the region. Read a lot and work hard.

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