N-POC Welcomes Remaining PhD Candidates from First Cohort


The Norway-Pacific Ocean-Climate Scholarship Programme (N-POC) Team at the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) welcomed the remaining four PhD candidates of the N-POC First Cohort in an introductory talanoa held on Wednesday 12th July 2023.

The Norway-Pacific Ocean-Climate Scholarship Programme (N-POC) is an ambitious research partnership between the University of Bergen (UiB) and the University of the South Pacific (USP)

N-POC recruited a total of 10 PhD candidates in the First Cohort; six had started in Semester 1,2023, while the remaining four will begin next week, Semester 2, 2023.

The four candidates include Laura Williams of Fiji (PhD in Marine Science), Silia Leger of Tonga (PhD in Land Management), Ulamila Vakaloloma of Fiji (PhD in Marine Science) and Kiali Molu of Tuvalu (PhD in Politics and International Affairs).

All have registered for their respective PhD program within the relevant school at USP and are excited to embark on their PhD journey. They will participate in the N-POC Research Support Week, 17 – 21 July, which will cover research topics on proposal writing, methodology and thesis writing along with other support sessions.

N-POC is funded by Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation to build a strong interdisciplinary Pacific cohort of PhD researchers to address urgent challenges for ocean and climate; new multidisciplinary Pacific research on the ocean-climate nexus for regional and global policy impacts; and enduring partnerships between researchers and universities in Norway and the Pacific Islands.

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