School of Education


Head of School

Professor Govinda Ishwar Lingam is Professor of Teacher Education and Head of School of Education (SOED). Prior to his appointment as Head of School he was the Deputy Head of School for three years. He joined the University in 2001 as an Assistant Lecturer in Education. Previous experience includes secondary school teaching in Fiji, rising to the position of Head of Department for Mathematics, before serving at the then Lautoka Teachersí College which is now part of the Fiji National University as Senior Lecturer in Education and later as Head of School of Education. At the secondary school he taught Social Science and Mathematics after graduating from the University of the South Pacific with a Diploma in Education. Whilst at the Teachers' College for almost ten years, he taught courses in educational assessment and curriculum studies. He obtained his Bachelor and Masterís degrees from the University of the South Pacific and his Doctoral degree from Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. His master's  thesis is on Planning Teacher Supply and Demand for Fiji Primary Schools and his PhD thesis is on Teachers' World of Work.

Prof. Lingam has co-published a number of books  as well as several book chapters in local and international books. Some of the co-published books include: Inclusive education for exceptional individuals:A Pacific perspective, Higher education and community engagement in the Pacific: Development and policy issues, Teacher workforce planning in the Pacific: Towards a qualitative perspective and Educational leadership: Emerging issues and successful practices. Likewise, he has published a number of research articles in high ranking journals. Currently, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, Directions: Journal of Educational Studies. In terms of his community engagement he was the President of the Association of the University of the South Pacific Staff (AUSPS) from 2013 to 2015 and also a Staff Representative in the Council from 2013-2017.  His research interests include issues relating to social justice in education, teacher education, educational leadership and management, and values education. 

To view Prof. Lingamís teaching and research activities, click here on his webpage here

Contact Details

Prof. Govinda Ishwar Lingam

School of Education, Faculty of Arts and Law

The University of the South Pacific

Suva, Fiji.

Tel: (+679) 3232311

Fax: (+679) 3231571

E-mail: govinda.lingam(at)

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School of Education
Faculty of Arts, Law and Education

The University of the South Pacific
Laucala Campus
Tel: (+679) 323 1000
Fax: (+679) 323 1506