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USP to Further Venture into Sports Science

Pro Chancellor and Chair of the USP Council Winston Thompson having a discussion with participants at the Education Sector Seminar

The University of the South Pacific will now venture into providing increased academic qualifications in the field of sports science.

Pro Chancellor and Chair of the USP Council Winston Thompson revealed this during the 50th anniversary celebration of the university’s Lautoka Campus on July 11.

As part of the university’s 50th anniversary celebration various stakeholders from the education field were invited to the Education Sector Seminar at the Campus.

Upon queries from the stakeholders on upgrading its sports curriculum Mr Winston told the participants at the seminar that he has initiated discussions on the possibility of USP setting up a sports institute to further upgrade the qualifications of individuals in the field of sports science.

“All member island countries of USP are very keen in sports and unless we develop our facilities in a professional way we are not going to do well in the future events.

“It is a fairly important priority for our teaching facilities in the Pacific and I am hoping we will be able to do something,” he stressed.

USP 50th anniversary Project Manager Peter Stewart informed that two weeks ago an international sports research symposium at USP Laucala Campus thoroughly deliberated on the impact of sports in the Pacific.

He revealed that research shows that almost 30 percent of remittance that comes to Fiji and other island countries are through sports.
Steward emphasized that the significance of sports in the Pacific is gaining more recognition.

He informed that three Masters in Sports Research scholarships would be awarded at USP next year so further development of sports science curriculum is definitely on USP’s radar. 

“Sports science is an area USP will be looking at developing for the future of athletes, administrators and all those working in the sports industry,” Mr Stewart highlighted.


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