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Vice-Chancellor & Presidentís Talking Points at The Launch of Pacific Skills Partnership Launch

  • His Excellency Baron Divavesi Waqa, President of Nauru & Forum Chair;
  • Leaders and Ministers from Forum Member Countries;
  • Senator, Hon. Marise Payne, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs;
  • Excellencies and members of the Diplomatic Corps and representatives of development partners;
  • Heads and Representatives from CROP agencies;
  • Ms. Kay Schoefield, Chair of the APTC Board;
  • Ms Solitice Middleby, CEO, APTC;
  • Ms Alisi Tuqa, CEO, Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation;
  • Mr Keu Mataroa, Vice-Chair, Pacific Islands Associations for Non-Governments Organisations;
  • istinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen

Good Afternoon and Omo Yekwo.

Commendation to the Initiative

I would like to thank the President of Nauru and Chair of the Forum, His Excellency Baron Divavesi Waqa for his leadership in this Pacific Skills Partnership, and for his willingness to launch it this afternoon. We thank you, Your Excellency, for your inspiring speech, which commits and re-affirms the skills development agenda for the Pacific region. We are pleased that leaders have seen and noted improvements so far in skills development and have a vision that emphasizes the importance of regional coordination and partnerships in delivering relevant and high quality outcomes.

We commend the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC 3) for its role in initiating Skills Partnership Forum on a yearly basis. This will surely increase collaboration, confidence and trust amongst partners, and lead to greater capacity building, resource pooling and a common and shared skills development vision and implementation. USP is delighted to be a partner in this initiative and of course to be one of the broader partners of APTC 3.

Global Skills Development Agenda and Regional Fit

A commitment by 52 developing and small island states to the Samoa Pathway is a collective resolve which is shaping skills development in the Pacific. The Framework for Pacific Regionalism is Pacificís own platform to meet SDGs despite significant social, economic and environmental limitations. The subsector alignment such as Pacific Regional Education Framework (PacREF), which was endorsed by Education Ministers this year in Nauru lays the shared foundation to achieve outcomes relating to SDG4.

Regional Cooperation & Integration

As a CROP agency, USP has been fulfilling its development role in the region in addition to its core university functions. Given the importance of USPís regional work, our new Strategic Plan (2019 - 2024) has included a priority area on its own on regional cooperation and integration.

USP as the lead CROP agency for Human Resource Development and ICT Working Groups is addressing critical elements as part of the Framework for Pacific Regionalism.

USP has trained over 50,000 Pacific Islanders who have contributed enormously to the social, economic and political development of their own countries and regionally. Some of the most eminent leaders in the Pacific such as the Hon. President himself are distinguished alumni of USP.

The University, through its new Strategic Plan 2019-2024, will provide more in-country programmes, industry placements or industry integrated learning and review and develop programmes to meet priority skills to support national and regional economic growth in partnership with other partners such as APTC and all national providers.

We were very pleased to partner some years ago with APTC 2 that steadily grew and deepened, and now USP through its Pacific TAFE is the delivery and regional partner with TAFE Queensland to achieve recently launched APTC 3 programme outcomes.

I sincerely thank the Australian Government for the consultative design of APTC 3 as it focuses on embeddedness into Pacific TVET systems, co-investments and timely attention to more coordinated Pacific Labour Mobility. USP is committed to supporting and contributing to this Pacific Skills Partnership Initiative. I wish it great success.

Thank You and Tubwa Kor.


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