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Fiji President receives USP’s Commemorative Book

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(From L-R): Mr Robin Yarrow, member of the editorial board, H.E Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote, President of Fiji, Associate Professor Jacqueline Leckie, author of the book and Mr Winston Thompson, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of USP Council.

The author of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Commemorative book for 50th Anniversary, Associate Professor Jacqueline Leckie presented the book to His Excellency Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote, President of Fiji, on 30 October 2018.

Entitled, “A University for the Pacific, 50 Years of USP”, the commemorative book chronicles the journey of this unique institution that has contributed a lot to the development of its member countries.

Associate Professor Leckie was accompanied by Mr Winston Thompson, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of USP Council and Mr Robin Yarrow who is a member of the editorial board of the book.

H.E Konrote was pleased to receive the book and commended the University for this fine achievement.

USP has been innovative with research and debates at the centre of political, economic, scientific, environmental, social and cultural issues for the region.

The richly illustrated book not only tells the story of this remarkable University, but shares the reflections of former and current staff, and alumni as they look back at what has made USP such a unique and creative University, and looks forward to USP’s excellent future and its place in the Pacific and the World.

The book comprises Associate Professor Leckie’s own writing and the collection of excellent pieces from so many people who have contributed to USP’s success.

Associate Professor Leckie began her career as a lecturer in history at USP between 1982 to 1987.
She went on to teach in Kenya and at Otago University but retained close ties to USP.

Her publications on New Zealand and the Pacific have been on gender, migration, ethnicity, colonialism, development, labour and mental health.

She is currently the 2018 JD Stout Research Fellow at the Stout Centre for New Zealand Studies, Victoria University of Wellington.

The commemorative book is available for purchase from USP Bookcentre at FJD65.

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