His Excellency President Lionel Aingimea, M.P., Minister for Education and current Chancellor of The University of the South Pacific visited USP Nauru Campus on 15 September with Chief Secretary, Minister Reagan Aliklik, M.P.; Secretary for Education, Ms Darrina Kun and other officials of the Government. This was His Excellency’s first official visit to the Campus.
The Campus Director, Ms Alamanda Lauti and executive members of the Students Association greeted his Excellency on arrival, who was then given a tour of the Community and Academic Library, followed by a tour of the Campus. The Community Library is managed by The University of the South Pacific Nauru Campus.
Ms Lauti said it was an honor and a privilege to have His Excellency and the delegation visit the University campus which is jointly owned by the Nauru Government with eleven other Pacific Island countries. She also took the opportunity to congratulate the President on his appointment as Chancellor of The University of the South Pacific.
The Campus Director also thanked the Government for their continued investment in its human resources and said “This is indeed a wise and strategic investment in our quest for “Desperate Imagination.” We certainly have challenges ahead of us but with a clear strategic approach we can overcome any barriers as we have done so in the past. May I reiterate the University’s commitment to the Government of Nauru to assist with its development plans and research.”
She acknowledged the support and commitment of the Government of Nauru, the Deputy Minister for Education and the staff of the Ministry of Education and looked forward to working with them for the greater good of the University and Nauru.
His Excellency offered words of encouragement to the students and shared his experience as a student at Emalus Campus. The students had an interesting exchange with the Government delegation during a Question and Answer session. The delegation also met with the USP alumni Nauru Chapter.