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The Charter and Statutes 

The Charter of the University (the Charter) establishes the University of the South Pacific. The primary purpose of the University is to maintain, advance and disseminate knowledge through programmes of study according to the well-being and needs of the Pacific. The Charter lists twenty-six (26) powers of the University including the power to provide programmes of study, to grant awards for completion of programmes of study, to prescribe fees, to raise funds for the University, to invest and act as a trustee for the University, and to do all such acts to further the objectives of the University. The Charter creates the offices of the University including the Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellors and other officers as appropriate.

The Charter establishes the Council of the University to exercise general control over the well-being and conduct of University affairs conferred by the Charter and the Statutes. The Charter also establishes the Senate as the academic oversight and regulatory body. Both the Council and the Senate can delegate its powers, duties and functions to committees or employees of the University.

The Statutes of the University of the South Pacific (the Statutes) provides inter alia for the constitution, powers, duties and functions of both the Council and the Senate. Part 4 of the Statutes provides for the Council and its committees including membership and its terms of reference. There are twenty-five (25) powers, duties and functions of the Council including a catch-all provision that the Council is empowered to exercise all powers, duties and functions that are conferred by the Charter and the Statutes. 

The Council and Senate are supported by a network of standing committees as well as Joint Committees of the Council and Senate in key areas. The TOR for USP committees and Policies of the University can be found at Policy Library

USP Governance & Committee Structure 

The Council is the governing body of the University. It exercises all powers conferred on the University by the Charter, subject to the powers, duties and functions conferred by the Statutes.  It exercises general control over the well-being and conduct of University affairs. It has the custody of the University Seal and is responsible for the management and administration of the revenue and property of the University.

The Senate is the chief academic authority of the University, responsible for academic, including quality. The Senate makes Regulations to govern learning and teaching at the University as well as all matters with respect to students, including academic and non-academic support services aimed at improving the overall student experience at USP.

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Council and Senate Secretariat (CSS)
The University of the South Pacific
Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji
Tel: +679 323 2249