Institute of Applied Science


About Us

About IAS

Who We Are

Who We Are

The Institute of Applied Sciences (IAS) of The University of the South Pacific (USP) interfaces the University's expertise and facilities to the independent island countries of the South Pacific Region. Established in 1977 under the name of Institute of Natural Resources at the Suva campus of USP, IAS has grown to have over 65 full time staff and its own accredited laboratories and scientific equipment located in the Marine Science Building at the Lower Campus by the sea.

The various units of IAS are the Laboratory Services unit, the Environment unit, the Pacific Biodiversity Research Centre (that houses the South Pacific Regional Herbarium), the Pacific Natural Products Research Centre, and the Quality, Marketing & Communications unit. With these five units and the large contingent of skillful and dedicated staff in diverse scientific capabilities, IAS makes these resources available to regional and international organisations, governments, businesses, and the people of the Pacific region.

IAS is the research and consulting arm of the Faculty of Science, Technology & Environment; it capitalises on its unique and recognised strengths to provide professional scientific services, research outputs and innovative approaches to meet the development needs and aspirations of the region. The Institute also works with other schools, institutes and individual departments at USP on interdisciplinary projects that require a wider range of skills than those usually found in individual departments or faculties. Another role of IAS is to organise short technical and scientific training courses that cannot be met through the normal teaching program of the University. In addition, there are often several visiting scientists, graduate students or exchange staff from various overseas universities and organisations using the Institute as a base for their research work at any one time.

IAS also sponsors many local postgraduate students to assist in its work and develop local capacity. The activities of the institute are carried out through research and development projects, consultancies and laboratory services. The service areas are not fixed and are designed to change as the needs of the region and staff interests change.

Vision, Mission,...

Vision, Mission, Purpose and Values


To be the regional leader for applying quality science through the pursuit of excellence, innovation and sustainability. 


We deliver high quality applied scientific services in the following offerings: 

  • Providing internationally recognised laboratory testing services
  • Working collaboratively with all stakeholders and networks at all levels to build resilient communities and improve livelihoods through sustainable management and development of natural resources based on quality research and innovation.
  • Conserving, discovering and sharing knowledge about plants and their environment, in order to preserve and enrich life and to discover new information about plants, promoting the efforts of the botanical research community, and disseminating information to a wide range of potential recipients.
  • Investigating biochemical properties of marine and terrestrial organisms and bacteria for potential pharmaceutical, cosmetic and agrochemical uses.
  • Providing quality management services, and monitoring, marketing and communicating IAS’s capabilities.
  • Promoting strategic and responsible stewardship of resources to achieve operational excellence.


To improve the lives of Pacific Islanders through training and capacity building, and providing services to foster social  and economic development of communities in the Pacific.


  • Professionalism 
  • Sustainability
  • Respect
  • Teamwork
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Good governance
  • Empowerment
  • Excellence
  • Service
  • Benevolence
  • Professionalism – We embrace professional excellence in all aspects of our operational research, educational and community activities.

  • Sustainability - We hope to continue to create value for all our stakeholders while also promoting the well-being of our employees, our natural environment and the regional community.

  • Respect - We respect the dignity, diversity and individuality of all. This drives our services and operations where differences are respected and valued.

  • Teamwork – We work as a team within the University, with our stakeholders, valuing our varied roles and responsibilities - striving for individual and collective excellence in the services we provide.

  • Innovation – We actively pursue a culture of innovation and encourage collaborative research for creative solutions.

  • Integrity - We express our integrity through objectivity, honesty, ethical practice, and transparent communication.

  • Good Governance – We clearly understand the processes of decision making within the Institute and the implementation of these processes.
  • Empowerment – We empower our staff to reach higher levels of capabilities and productivity.
  • Excellence - We strive for excellence in the quality of the work produced and encourage a culture of learning and creativity to continually enhance service delivery.
  • Service - We are committed to meeting the needs of our customers and stakeholders.
  • Benevolence – We demonstrate benevolence through acts of generosity and kindness towards others in all aspects of our operations.

Contact Us

Contact Us

  • Postal Address:

    The Institute of Applied Sciences
    The University of the South Pacific
    Private Mail Bag
    Laucala Campus
    Suva, Fiji Islands

    Call Us: 

    (679) 323 2965 or 323 2966

    Email Us:


    Office Hours:

    Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm


    Follow the map provided for the direction.

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Page updated: Tuesday, October 08, 2019
Institute of Applied Science
Faculty of Science and Technology
Private Bag, Laucala Campus,
Suva, Fiji.
Tel: (+679) 323 2965
Fax: (+679) 323 1534