Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP signs the MOU.
USP has leveraged the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) after signing a Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) and a Student Exchange Agreement with the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UHM) on 8 November 2017.
The MOU was a more general agreement, which fosters a friendly relationship through mutual cooperation in areas of learning, teaching and research between USP and UHM.
Under Student Exchange Agreement, both institutions undertook to establish, in a reciprocal manner and in the interest of both of them, an agreement allowing full time students to take courses at the host institution while receiving a diploma or degree from their home university.
While signing the MOU from Hawaii via the video conference, Dr David Lassner, Interim Chancellor of UHM said that the ‘signing’ was special in its nature and he was enthusiastic to do so.
Dr Lassner further added that the opportunity to leverage ICTs to celebrate a more general MOU to strengthen the relationship between two (2) of the premier institutions in the Pacific, was a great one.
“I thought that by signing in this way, we might begin to model some of the behaviours. The more we encourage our institutions to collaborate over electronically with these infrastructures that we spend significant time and money to construct, the more it represents the future collaboration in our ability to enhance our research and education ambitions,” Dr Lassner said.
He stated that there have also been conversations about a general MOU for which he had been excited about.
Dr Lassner noted that in many ways, the collaborations grew both up-down and bottom-up and a lot of work has taken place for more than thirty (30) years of UHM’s faculty in agriculture, Pacific studies and in other disciplines.
“I know we had a long term relationship around student exchange and there was work ongoing to renew our student exchange agreement in due course,” Dr Lassner said.
Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP said that he was equally excited to sign the MOUs.
Dr David Lassner, Interim Chancellor of UHM during the video conference call.
The University’s collaboration have come a long way and its first student exchanges was with UHM and has also seen considerable movement of staff across the two (2) universities.
Professor Chandra particularly mentioned Dr Vilsoni Hereniko, an alumnus and former staff of USP along with Professor Brij Lal.
Professor Chandra said that when the University was negotiating the arrangements with Southern Cross and AARNET, Dr Lassner was very helpful and trusted source of advice in terms of the discussion.
“The world of ICT now has moved on considerably and so I think the number of things we can now do with ICT is just incredible and I appreciate very much the support you have provided to us in thinking through the USPNet for a long while,” Professor Chandra told Dr Lassner.
Other members of staff from USP present at the signing were Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and International, Professor Richard Coll, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching and Student Services, Ms Lillian Fuata, Manager, USP International, and Mr Iresh Lal, Development Manager.
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