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USP supports project initiative from French universities

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H.E. Mr Sujiro Seam, French Ambassador to Fiji and Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor & President of USP.

The University of the South Pacific (USP) has expressed support for a proposed university research school project to be conducted by the University of New Caledonia and the University of French Polynesia.

This follows a brief meeting between Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor & President of USP and His Excellency Sujiro Seam, French Ambassador to Fiji, at USP’s Laucala Campus on 15 March 2019.

Professor Ahluwalia said he was very pleased to hear that the French are willing to engage with USP in such a beneficial programme.

The project’s syllabus will focus, particularly on sustainable development and diversity in the Pacific Island Countries.

Professor Ahluwalia said that such an initiative would help further regional cooperation and partnerships in the Pacific in the academic field, in teaching and in research.

“USP and the University of New Caledonia, who co-chair the Pacific Islands Universities Research Network (PIURN), are also supportive of this project,” Professor Ahluwalia added.
H.E Mr Seam said that the project would address priority issues in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations to be met by 2030, with particular emphasis on poverty eradication and reduction in inequalities.

“USP is already involved in PIURN and this collaboration will provide an opportunity for both Universities to have a closer relationship with USP,” H.E Seam commented.

Professor Ahluwalia added that, “USP is willing to further collaborate in the areas of climate change, a new Aquaculture programme, infrastructure needs and particularly the area of research”.

“We are also planning on ramping up our research so that we can have a lot more cooperation with international universities,” he stressed.

Furthermore, Mr H.E Seam expressed interest in engaging with USP’s School of Governance, Development, & International Affairs (SGDIA).

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