The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Regional Campuses and Global Engagement) Dr Giulio Masasso Tu’ikolongahau Pāunga and Professor of Ocean and Climate Change, Elisabeth Holland, welcomed the US Embassy’s Charge d’Affaires, Tony Greubel and Director of the Pacific Environment, Science, Technology and Health (ESTH) Hub Richard Fitzmaurice to the USP campus.
The US Embassy in Suva serves Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu, all USP member countries and part of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Smaller Islands States Coalition.
The discussions were wide ranging including USP’s plans to establish hubs at regional campuses to be used by the meteorological services in providing disaster response and relief support through the USP communication network. Fostering collaborations with US universities to provide research, educational and institutional strengthening was also discussed.
Director of the Network Startup Resource Center and Research Associate at the University of Oregon, Steven G Huter also joined the discussions from Oregon.
USP looks forward to working with US Embassy in Suva to ensure a resilient Pacific for the future.