N-POC concludes the year with another successful research support activity


As we approach the end of 2023, the Norway-Pacific Ocean-Climate Scholarship Programme (N-POC) Team at USP hosted another successful research support activity for the year, bringing together at least 25 participants from across the different Schools and Centres of USP to engage in research data analysis.

The event, aligned with USP strategic research priorities, involved the current N-POC PhD candidates and other USP Master’s and PhD candidates learning more about qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

Dr Buriata Tofinga of the School of Business and Management (SBM) facilitated the session on NVivo and qualitative data analysis, and Mr Gabiriele Bulivou of the School of Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Physics (STEMP) facilitated the session on quantitative data analysis. Both facilitators emphasised the importance of selecting appropriate analysis methods for truthful and reliable research findings.

Better analysis provides the foundation for better science and decision-making. Participants also had the opportunity to comment, ask questions and reflect on the key points presented by the facilitators.

The N-POC team hosts many activities to support research and help USP’s postgraduate researchers progress with their important research. This year highlights the programme’s commitment to improving retention, completion, and success in postgraduate research at USP.

Also, to strengthen a Pacific well-grounded support system that is more inclusive and inspirational to the Pacific values and ways of life. This represents the unique value of N-POC at USP.

Professor Digby Race, Dean of USP’s Graduate School, concluded the session by thanking the facilitators the N-POC team and congratulating all the researchers for their effort to advance their knowledge and skills for the benefit of our Pacific region. The N-POC programme is one of the shining lights of USP’s postgraduate research.

N-POC is funded by Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation in partnership the University of Bergen (UiB) in Norway and USP.

The N-POC mission is to support world-class research on critical issues related to climate change impacts to inform better policies and practices. May we all continue to serve the Pacific region and the member countries of USP with our knowledge, understanding and wisdom.

Wishing you all a blessed Christmas and a prosperous new 2024.

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