Japan-Pacific ICT Center Officially Opens

The University of the South Pacific’s new Japan-Pacific ICT Centre was officially opened on Tuesday 6 July 2010, by the President of the Republic of Fiji Islands, His Excellency, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, and the Japanese Ambassador to Fiji, H.E. Mr Yutaka Yoshizawa.

The vision for the new Japan-Pacific ICT Centre is to be the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) ‘hub’ of the Pacific Region. Its Mission Statement is:

To be a Regional Centre of Excellence for ICT and to spearhead research, new learning technologies, development and leadership in ICT to ensure that the South Pacific can participate in the global information society by:

  • Advancing ICT knowledge in the Pacific Region through learning, teaching, workshops and conferences;
  • Increasing ICT knowledge by quality research;
  • Working closely with the stakeholders to ensure there is relevant and sustainable solution to deal with ICT issues in the Region; and
  • Taking advantage of international knowledge in ICT and making sure the people in the Pacific region benefit from it.

Attended by over 200 guests, including Fiji Government ministers and senior officials , members of the diplomatic corps, dignitaries, heads of regional and international organisations,  donors and development partners, USP staff and other  stakeholders of the University, His Excellency The President was accorded with a Fijian ceremonial welcome beginning with the ‘Qaloqalovi’, ‘Yaqona Vakaturaga’ and ending with the ‘ai Vakamamaca‘;  a ceremony that befits his traditional status as a high chief and his official status as the holder of the highest office in the land.

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