Strategic Total Academic Review (STAR) was a comprehensive, far-reaching, transformational review of USPs academic portfolio, policies, procedures and services to ensure the development of graduates who can take advantage of opportunities, secure meaningful and well-paid employment, appreciate multiple perspectives and live harmoniously with others; dealing effectively with the challenges of a globalised economy.

Under STAR the University sought to better prepare graduates for success in a complex and changing world, and this translated into the following aims:

  1. Educate adaptable leaders who are critical thinkers and contributing global citizens;
  2. Position USP for peer recognition as a high performing, internationally competitive university with a distinctive mission;
  3. Ensure the employability of USP graduates;
  4. Ensure relevance of USP’s curriculum to the Pacific region and similar living environments;
  5. Ensure sustainability of USP programmes in terms of funding, demand, and links to research priorities;
  6. Ensure the high quality and proven effectiveness of programmes by the systematic assessment of learning outcomes and the strategic investment of resources.

A key outcome of STAR, was a focus on USP Graduate Attributes and it was decided that the University of the South Pacific’s academic programmes will promote the development of the following attributes in all graduates:

Academic Excellence

  1. Extensive knowledge of a particular discipline or professional area, including relevant knowledge and skills;
  2. Capacity for independent critical thinking and self-directed, life-long learning;
  3. Advanced information and communication technology knowledge and skills; and
  4. Research literacy and skills.

Intellectual Curiosity and Integrity

  1. Deep respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship;
  2. Intellectual curiosity and creativity; openness to new ideas;
  3. Commitment to inter-disciplinary understanding and skills; and
  4. Respect for the principles, values and ethics of a chosen profession.

Capacity for Leadership and Working With Others

  1. Effective interpersonal communication skills;
  2. Leadership, organisational, teamwork and time management abilities; and
  3. Personal maturity and self-confidence.

Appreciation of the Cultures of the Pacific Islands

  1. Knowledge and appreciation of both the unity and diversity of Pacific Island cultures;
  2. Understanding of the diverse economies and environments of the Pacific Islands; and
  3. Commitment to the maintenance and strengthening of the societies of the Pacific.

Cross-Cultural Competencies

  1. An understanding and appreciation of social, cultural and linguistic diversity;
  2. Respect for human rights and dignity in a global context;
  3. Commitment to accountability, ethical practice and social responsibility; and
  4. Demonstrated oral and written proficiency in the English language.

The STAR Project was completed in 2016.

Mobile learning is any sort of learning that happens when the learner is not at a fixed, predetermined location or learning that happens when the learner takes advantage of the learning opportunities offered by mobile technologies. These technologies makes learning easy for any user. Devices such as smart phones, notebooks, laptops, tablets can be used. Limitations of learning as in everywhere are overcome by using mobile learning as it provides mobility through the use of portable mobile devices. The m-learning team is tasked with looking into feasible options of including mobile learning into tertiary education.
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