The University of the South Pacific (USP) received a courtesy visit by The South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Director General Sefanaia Nawadra.
Receiving him on behalf of the USP were Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Regional Campuses and Global Engagement) Dr Giulio Masasso Tu’ikolongahau Pāunga, Deputy Vice Chancellor Education Dr Jito Vanualailai, Director Pacific Centre for Environment & Sustainable Development Professor Elisabeth Holland, Associate Professor Engineering and Physics Mansour Assaf and Dr Isoa Korovulavula from USP’s Institute of Applied Science.
The meeting was a continuation of a courtesy visit Mr Nawadra had with the USP Vice Chancellor and President Professor Pal Ahluwalia in Samoa.
SPREP Director General Mr Sefanaia Nawadra said Professor Ahluwalia was the one who arranged the meeting with the USP colleagues just to touch base again.
“I know we have had strong relationships in the past. It’s just to explore areas where we can work together going forward,” he added.
Mr Nawadra Nawadra highlighted a few of the areas that have been identified are in climate change, looking at the assessments that need to be made in climate change needs in the region.
He said “we also spoke on things on waste management and on biodiversity assessments and collaborating on work with communities on waste and nature-based adaptation.”
Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice-President (Regional Campuses and Global Engagement) Dr Giulio Masasso Tu’ikolongahau Pāunga said “their discussions identified some areas that we can work with immediately and others that we can build on over time. So basically the purpose of the visit and the other was just to connect, reconnect again with old friends and make new relationships with leadership.”