UNSW Head of School Civil and Environmental Engineering visits USP


The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Information Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Physics (STEMP) met with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) on 12th July to discuss collaboration efforts.

UNSW Head of School, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Professor Nasser Khalili and his colleague, Infrastructure Laboratory Manager Mr Paul Gwynne met with USP’s STEMP Head of School, Professor Maurizio Cirrincione, and USP’s Civil Engineering department.

Professor Khalili highlighted that their visit aims to explore ways UNSW can collaborate with USP to improve the geotechnical component of the Civil Engineering programme.

“The UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering is ranked number one in Australia and 10 globally. The school has 2,987 students, five centres, and eight research groups. We are happy to be here at USP and look forward to supporting the Civil Engineering Programme,” Professor Khalili added.

Meanwhile, Mr Wayne Areki, who oversees USP’s Civil Engineering programme, gave Professor Khalili and Mr Gwynne an overview of USP’s Civil Engineering Programme. Also, present at the meeting were USP Civil Engineering Technician and Teaching Assistant Mr Petero Tuiwalese and Mr Alvin Chand, STEMP Accreditation Officer Ms Hilda Kunau, STEMP Industry and Community Liaison Officer Ms Oliana Nayago and Professor Cirrincione.

Following their meeting, the UNSW delegation was taken on a tour of USP’s Geotechnical Lab, Structural Lab, and Hydrology lab. They were also taken to see USP’s library resources and ICT facilities for engineering.

Prof Khalili also took time to deliver a presentation to USP Civil Engineering students and reiterated the University of New South Wales’s keen interest in working together with USP Civil Engineering to further improve the Programme Outputs.


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