Kunal Singh donating books and stationary to the students
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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.
In an... More »
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 »
Babanisi’s Spirit of Determination Helps Him Reach his Goal - 6 Jul 2020 09:58:37 am
Edward (Eddie) Babanisi completes his LLB course and returns home to the Solomon Islands early July, overcoming challenges that saw his “six years ending on a high note.”
From Makira Province, one of the more isolated islands in the Solomon Islands, situated to the east of Guadalcanal, Eddie joined The University of the South Pacific in 2015 on a Solomon Islands Government Scholarship.
Having completed his primary and secondary education in Fiji at Marcellin Primary and Marist Brothers High S... More »
Students graduate with micro-qualification in establishing and operating a small seafood business - 6 Jul 2020 09:42:00 am
On June 26, fifteen regional scholarship recipients of The University of the South Pacific (USP) European Union Marine Partnership (PEUMP) Programme became the first batch to graduate with a micro-qualification in Establishing and Operating a Small Seafood Business in the Pacific.
Small-scale seafood business is fundamental to the livelihoods and helps alleviate Pacific Islanders from poverty. To support the Pacific communities in this regard, the USP PEUMP programme introduced for the first time in the region, a micro qualification - Establishing and Operating a Small Seafood Business through the USP P... More »
USP Niue Campus Farewell Outgoing New Zealand High Commissioner - 1 Jul 2020 04:37:06 pm
‘Education is a life-long learning experience. Regardless of how old you are or your age, learning should never end’.These were the words of outgoing New Zealand High Commissioner, His Excellency Kirk Yates, when responding to a remark made by Postgraduate Diploma student, Loseligi Siakimotu.
Ms Siakimotu was sharing how she had considered herself too old to go back to school prior to deciding to enrol in the programme. After having completed three courses with one left to go, Loseligi said she had no regrets taking up the programme and has learnt a lot. The skills that she has acquired r... More »