Staff efforts lauded for MSc in Climate Change Ranking


The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Master of Science in Climate Change programme attained ninth spot over prominent institutions in Australia, New Zealand and the region in the Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking that was released earlier this year.

Lamenting on the hard work put in to achieve such a feat, Acting Director of the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD), Associate Professor Dr Awnesh Singh said this recognition is a testament to the efforts put in by staff.

“Being ranked ninth in the Energy and Natural Resources category in the Oceania region by the Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking 2024 is a testament to the quality, relevance, and impact of our curriculum, research, and outreach efforts.”

“This ranking significantly enhances the image of our programme and PaCE-SD. It positions us as a top-tier educational institution in the region and attracts attention from prospective students, researchers, and partners worldwide,” he added.

Dr Awnesh added that the programme’s unique approach to climate change education makes it stand out.

“The biggest contributor to the recognition of our programme has been our holistic approach to climate change education. This includes a rigorous and interdisciplinary curriculum, high-quality research outputs, strong industry and community engagement, and a dedicated faculty,” he said.

“Our focus on practical and region-specific solutions to climate challenges, coupled with the active participation of students in real-world projects, has set us apart.”

Dr Awnesh paid homage to the staff who have moved on and those who are currently teaching at PaCE-SD for their tireless and contribution towards the timely recognition of the programme

The first set of students graduated from the programme in 2011. More than 60 students have graduated so far.

One of those students is Tautalo Iese, who is currently the Climate Change and Disaster Management Officer (CCDMO) in Funafuti, Tuvalu.

Ms Iese noted that her learning journey through the programme had a huge impact on her professional growth.

“I enrolled in the programme because climate change has had a huge influence and experience in my life growing up in Tuvalu and seeing the changes brought about by the impacts of climate change.”

She added that the support systems and guidance offered by the staff at PaCE-SD made her learning journey all the more memorable. She encouraged students to apply for the programme as this a decision that they would not regret.

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