Dr. Lagi with the USP Pacific TAFE Motufoua Secondary School Based Cohorts
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Tuvalu Campus Director visits students on remote Nukufetau and Vaitupu Islands in Tuvalu - 10 Aug 2020 10:22:19 am
Tuvalu Campus Director, Dr. Rosiana Lagi, visited the Central Islands of Tuvalu (Nukufetau Island and Vaitupu Island) in July to meet current students, offer and enrol new students for USP programmes and courses and meet the Secretaries of the two Island Councils.
The Secretaries of the Island Councils coordinate USP students and assessments in the outer islands. During her visit, she spent time consulting with about 70 Pacific TAFE students who are completing their school-based programme at the Motufoua Secondary School on Vaitupu Island.
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Opening of Outreach Commons in Davuilevu and Walu Bay - 10 Aug 2020 10:15:04 am
It was a huge achievement for The University of the South Pacific (USP) as it opened its two Outreach Commons in Davuilevu and Walu Bay on 5 August.
The Outreach Commons provides an alternative space for students to access the teaching, learning, and research systems offered by the university. Students residing close to these Commons will now be able to access these facilities without having to travel to Laucala Campus.
In Semester 1, during restrictions imposed due to COVID-19, USP closely monitored student participation and engagement on moodle. USP's call center team reco... More »
USP donates research equipment to Kastom Garden Association - 4 Aug 2020 09:00:32 am
The University of the South Pacific (USP), through the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCESD) collaborated with the Solomon Islands based Kastom Garden Association (KGA) last month in a study on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on community food security, education and livelihood in selected villages around Honiara and the Guadalcanal plains.
In appreciation of the collaboration and to assist with ongoing survey and research capabilities, the University donated a tablet and an audio recording device to the KGA management this week at the University’s Solomon Island... More »
Book/Stationery support initiative by a USP staff member to help those in need - 27 Jul 2020 02:32:26 pm
As the regions battle against the COVID-19 Pandemic, many individuals and organisations are coming forward to help those affected.
A Teaching Assistant at the School of Geography at USP, Kunal Singh, came up with an initiative to donate books and stationery to needy families in Fiji.
Kunal heads a group at USP called the Chemical Society of the South Pacific which focuses on science education in the region.
“I had initially started the stationery drive with the support of the society members, ... More »
Pro Vice-Chancellor Som Naidu achieves Principal Fellowship of the HEA - 27 Jul 2020 02:12:50 pm
Professor Som Naidu (Pro Vice-Chancellor, and Director of the Center for Flexible Learning) at USP has achieved Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA). Fellowships of the HEA is a professional recognition for practitioners in the higher education sector.
There are four grades of Fellowships offered by the HEA. These are Associate; Fellow; Senior and Principal Fellowship. The Principal Fellowship represents significant leadership in the promotion of teaching excellence, and are only awarded on the basis of an assessed portfolio.
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COVID-19 AND ITs IMPACT ON THE 2020 ACADEMIC YEAR - 27 Jul 2020 02:10:54 pm
USP is successfully forging ahead with its preparations for face-to-face teaching in Semester 2, beginning 3 August 2020.
Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Professor Jito Vanualailai said USP will take into consideration all precautionary measures set out by the government and the World Health Organization to help avoid a second wave of COVID-19 in Fiji.
He emphasised that there will also be an equivalent remote component for those students who are not able to attend face-to-face classes d... More »
31 Law Graduates enrol for Semester 2 Professional Diploma in Legal Practice Programme - 27 Jul 2020 02:09:05 pm
The Law School at Laucala became the first school at USP to begin face to face teaching for Semester 2 following lockdown in March this year due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
31students began a 22-week intensive programme of clinical legal education on 14 July that will prepare them to practice as lawyers in Fiji and other Pacific Island jurisdictions. The last few semesters have seen a marked increase in women entering the legal profession. This semester is no exception. Out of 31students this semester, 23 are women.
During this five and half months of training, the students undert... More »
University of the South Pacific becomes a Member of the Pacific GIS Remote Sensing Council - 27 Jul 2020 01:49:27 pm
The University of the South Pacific and the Pacific GIS RS Council (PGRSC) formalised a long term working relationship this morning by signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MoU).
As part of the MoU, the University of the South Pacific will now become an Institutional Member of PGRSC, joining other institutional members like Geoscience Australia, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment - Samoa (MNRE), Ministry of Sugar Industries - Fiji, AllTerra, BLUECHAM, Eagle Technology, SPREP, The University of Guam and Drone Service Fiji.
The Pacific GIS & Remote Sensing Council (PGR... More »
Tuvalu Theory of Change Coalition Consultation - 6 Jul 2020 11:25:25 am
A working group of Technical Vocational Skills Development (TVSD) stakeholders met in Funafuti, Tuvalu last week to discuss a way forward for technical and vocational programmes in Tuvalu. The workshop was coordinated by the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC).
Currently four tertiary institutions in Tuvalu offer technical and vocational courses. The Tuvalu Maritime Training Institute (TMTI), Tuvalu Atoll Science Technology Training Institute (TASTII), Australian Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) and The University of the South Pacific (USP) participated in this workshop to collaborate on ho... More »
Invisible Plastic in our Seafood - 6 Jul 2020 11:21:42 am
Microplastics (MPs) are prevalent in the waters of Fiji and through seafood consumed, pose a risk to human health and to Mother Earth. Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership (PEUMP) Programme funded Master of Science scholarship recipient at The University of the South Pacific, Andrew Paris, has found.
MPs are tiny pieces of invisible plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean and are less than 5mm in size.
Speaking at USP’s PEUMP first virtual live event on July 2, as a precursor to the global initiative Plastic Bag Free Day, celebrated worldwide on July 3 annually, with th... More »