USP stays current with technology trends


The University of the South Pacific’s Information Technology Division is hosting a two-day ICT Showcase at the Laucala Campus in Suva.

The objective of this showcase is to provide users who are mainly students, staff, and relevant stakeholders the opportunity to engage with IT services and new technological innovations ahead of the 2023 academic year.

USP’s IT Services Acting Director, Mr Fereti Atalifo said the latest innovation included adopting the new Moodle Version 4.1, new desktop devices, strengthening cyber security, and adopting new USP cloud-based services such as Microsoft 365, SharePoint, as well as One Drive amongst others.

He added the ICT showcase was a first of its kind for the institution and a platform for stakeholder workshops on Wednesday and Thursday.

“We decided to do something new to wrap up the year. I had been telling the Senior Management Team that we intended to have a stakeholder workshop and engagement as part of the reflection at the end of the year. These two days are part of it, and it leads, into our workshop. I think it is a nice way to get our users to familiarise themselves with the technology,” Mr Atalifo said.

He also confirmed that these technological innovations would be applied at USP’s Labasa, Lautoka, and regional campuses.

“We will ensure that everybody is on the same page. This will allow us to have a uniform approach to technology deployment across the whole campus so that it’s no longer centric. The region understands what is happening here and the need to better deploy technology them. This is a significant regional strategy that is part of our programme,” Mr Atalifo added.

Mr Atalifo highlighted he was aware of cybersecurity-related issues and that USP IT officers were kicking up a notch to ensure there were no issues relating to cyber-attacks and hacking with this latest technological trend.

“Cyber security is an ongoing thing, and one can never assume that they’ve covered all the basics. One needs to be vigilant and that has been our approach all this time. In terms of cyber security posture, the University which is the same as all other institutions extends protection to all our campuses,” he added.

The showcase has so far attracted staff, students, representatives from relevant stakeholders, and a few high school students who are on an internship in various Divisions within the institution.



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