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USP VC honoured with THE-ICE Fellowship Award

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Mr Hasmukh Lal, Executive Director of Pacific TAFE presents the award on behalf of THE-ICE to Professor Rajesh Chandra, USP Vice-Chancellor and President.

The Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of the South Pacific (USP), Professor Rajesh Chandra, has been awarded by The International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE) for his outstanding contribution in Tourism and Hospitality education, and training and research.

The prestigious Fellow of THE-ICE award which Professor Chandra received is the highest order award given by THE-ICE to any person across the globe.

Professor Chandra was unable to attend the awards function due to University commitments.

Mr Hasmukh Lal, Executive Director of Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE), presented the award to Professor Chandra on behalf of Ms Pauline Tang, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of THE-ICE and relayed her congratulatory message to the Vice-Chancellor and President.

Mr Lal said that the award has been given to Professor Chandra for his active and sustained support as an outstanding academic and leader of USP which is a member institution of THE-ICE.

“THE-ICE has shown acknowledgement to Professor Chandra for his contribution in setting up the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) at USP and Pacific TAFE to contribute towards tourism and hospitality training,” Mr Lal relayed.

THE-ICE noted that Professor Chandra is committed to excellence in teaching and learning, research and engagement, regional cooperation and integration, greater utilisation of ICTs in development, widening access to higher education and good governance.

The award indicates how much THE-ICE values Professor Chandra’s dedication and their relationship.

In receiving the award, Professor Chandra said that he is honoured to receive the recognition.

“I have from the beginning had very strong focus on quality and we are pleased that THE-ICE has helped us through the accreditation process to improve the quality of our programmes,” Professor Chandra said.

The work that THE-ICE does with the University is part of a much broader commitment to quality of USP itself, and this Professor Chandra highlighted, will continue in the new Strategic Plan (2019-2024).

He acknowledged the role of Ms Tang, who according to the Vice-Chancellor and President, has personally been very interested in supporting quality tourism and hospitality education in the Pacific.

“We were delighted to have her open the Nadi Hospitality and Tourism Training Centre,” Professor Chandra said.

He further congratulated Mr Lal in the work that he does in seeking international accreditations and recognitions and ensuring quality for Pacific TAFE’s programmes.

The award was received by Mr Hamish McCracken, Head of Pacific TAFE’s College of Business, Hospitality and Tourism during THE-ICE 11th International Panel of Experts (IPoE) Forum in November last year.

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