Hon. Billy Talagi after the signing of USP Convention with Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President and Mr Winston Thompson, Pro Chancellor and Chair of Council.
Niue has become the 12th and final member country of The University of the South Pacific (USP) to sign the USP Convention.
The Minister for Education of Niue Honorable Billy Talagi, signed the Convention on behalf of the Niue Government during the 86th USP Council meeting on 22 May 2018.
Hon. Talagi on behalf of the Government of Niue conveyed his sincere and best wishes to USP for its 50th Anniversary this year.
“We will remember and acknowledge all those whose passion for education founded USP and those who continue to deliver the education in the Pacific, in the Pacific way,” Hon. Talagi said.
“We recognise the immense potential that USP has in the education achievements of our students without leaving Niue” Hon. Talagi highlighted.
However, Hon. Talagi, added that Niue continues to be challenged by students from Niue who leave the island for further studies.
As Minister for Social Services under the Department of Education Office, Hon. Talagi is committed to finding innovative ways to ensure that students see USP as another pathway towards higher learning, especially one that can be accessed prior to completing secondary school.
“This is where we see a merge of USP in the existing educational institution in Niue, bringing the most benefit. If we are to align our activities, then we can combine our resources and get the best outcome from our students,” Hon. Talagi said.
“I give my sincere congratulations to USP and welcome the Convention coming into effect, and we look forward to working with the USP Council to achieve the goals we have set together,” he added.
USP Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, Mr Winston Thompson thanked the Government of Niue and Hon. Talagi for signing the USP Convention.
The signed document was received by Mr Thompson and Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President.
Prior to the May 2018 Council meeting, the University received seven (7) ratifications from Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Nauru, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The USP Convention needed six (6) ratifications to come into effect.
Therefore, in accordance with provisions of the USP Convention, the Convention will come into effect on 16 June 2018.
The USP Convention is an agreement between the University and its member countries which is aimed at legally embedding the University in member countries and supplementing the University’s founding legal instruments of the Royal Charter and Statutes.
As each member country financially supports the University and is, through its Minister of Education, actively engaged in the governance of the University, the Convention is seen as a simple way of promulgating and supporting the on-going operations of the University and as a means of ensuring that it continues to deliver a valuable educational service to its member countries.
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