(From L-R): Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP and Dr Bibhya Sharma, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) address FSTE staff.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) held a staff assembly and clean-up campaign on 28 February 2019.
In addressing the staff, Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP acknowledged the Faculty’s effort in being the first to conduct a clean-up campaign.
The clean-up was conducted at the lower campus foreshore and was led by Dr Bibhya Sharma, Acting Dean of the Faculty.
Professor Ahluwalia expressed that in the coming months he will be moving for a greener campus which will bring about the ban on plastic materials including the purchase of plastic bottled water for meetings.
He further stated that this will not be enforced on students until such a time that the university can be sure that clean water can be accessible to them.
Furthermore, he was also happy with what the Faculty is doing in terms of the in-country science programmes in the regional campuses in Vanuatu and Tonga.
Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP shares a light moment with FSTE staff.
He was delighted by the efforts made by Dr Sharma in securing scholarships for the in-country science programme from regional countries like Vanuatu. As such he has started talks with industry partners in providing industrial scholarships for PhD students.
Professor Ahluwalia also stressed that research is very important and there is a need to develop key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure the number of papers with international authors.
There is a necessity for more international collaboration since Science is done globally and there is a need for the Faculty to nurture students who can work in labs and industries all over the world.
He encouraged teamwork in terms of teaching and research and that everyone needs to think collectively and imaginatively.
The Vice-Chancellor and President encouraged staff to participate in sharing their ideas and comments towards the new Strategic Plan and the new proposed Vision, Mission and Values on 26 March.
Additionally, he stressed that there would be zero tolerance for those not being treated fairly in the organisation, for sexual harassment, for fraud and corruption.
FSTE staff assemble in front of the MSP Lecture Theatre for the clean-up campaign at the Lower Campus.
Dr Sharma stated that the clean-up done earlier during the day was the first of many clean-up campaigns for the year.
As the year progresses, the Faculty will embark on such activities not only for team-building but also to set an example on what good can be achieved with teamwork and passion for the environment.
The clean-up campaign saw representation from the School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment, School of Biological and Chemical sciences, School of Marine Studies, School of Engineering and Physics and the General Office.
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