The NZDPM the Right Honourable Winston Peters.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Tuvalu Campus was honoured to host a visiting 30-member Ministerial delegation led by the Right Honourable Winston Peters, New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister.
The main purpose of Hon Peters visit was to meet with leaders of the Government of Tuvalu (GoT) to strengthen the partnership between New Zealand and Tuvalu.
The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) provides assistance to USP’s Tuvalu Campus through scholarships for students and recently funded two new satellite antenna replacements for the Campus and the new proposed Campus site.
Dr Rosiana Lagi, USP Tuvalu Campus Director stated that New Zealand has been one of the two major development partners for USP since the University’s inception in 1968 and the Tuvalu Campus is fortunate to have been visited by Hon Peters.
Hon Peters and his delegation toured the USP Tuvalu Campus facilities and later participated in an informal discussion with the Heads of the three tertiary institutions in Tuvalu – Tuvalu Atoll Science and Technology Institution (TASTI), Tuvalu Maritime Training Institute (TMTI) and the USP Tuvalu Campus.
One of the areas discussed at length was the accreditation of the courses at the three institutions.
In response to the Minister for Pacific Peoples, the Hon Aupito William Sio’s question on USP’s course accreditation, Dr. Lagi highlighted that the USP as an institution is accredited by WSCUC and the Pacific TAFE has about 20 short courses accredited internationally and 21 Fiji Higher Education Commission accredited programmes.
USP Tuvalu Campus is assisting the TMTI and TASTI with their accreditations by getting their Trainers certified by offering the Certificate IV in Training in Assessment to their 42 Trainers.
Dr Lagi stated that USP Tuvalu Campus engages in community outreach programmes to assist the general public.
“First, it houses the Australia Pacific Training Coalition that runs courses to prepare workers recruited for the seasonal work scheme. Second, literacy is a skill that USP Tuvalu campus believes is paramount for learners to have since it develops comprehension and critical thinking skills that enables them to make wise decisions,” she commented.
In terms of Capacity Building & Education through Formal Programmes, Dr Lagi said that except for science courses, the Campus offers the same pre-degree, undergraduate and post graduate programmes offered at its main campus in Laucala, Suva.
“To ensure a high retention and completion rate, the Tuvalu Campus encourages the offering of programmes in cohort basis and recruits local part time tutors and mentors to scaffold students,” she explained.
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