Twenty-four students from The University of the South Pacific (USP) were awarded certificates and recognised for the role they played in being part of and working on board Norway’s largest sailing ship, Statsraad Lehmkuhl, as part of the One Ocean Expedition (OOE) across the Pacific Ocean under Norway-Pacific Ocean-Climate (N-POC) Scholarship Programme.
The expedition emphasised knowledge-sharing and building partnerships to solve the challenges of the future with a particular focus on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the teaching of SDG 200, a course that focuses on SDG14 (Life below water), SDG13 (Climate action) and highlights SDG17 (Partnerships). UiB
The USP 26-member working team comprised of representatives from the Research Office, International Office, School of Law and Social Sciences (SoLaSS) and the School of Agriculture, Geography, Environment, Ocean and Natural Sciences (SAGEONS) and the University of Bergen (UiB) that collaboratively planned and organised event activities and the exchange programmes for the SDG200 course as part of the expedition.
As part of the One Ocean Expedition (OOE) across the Pacific Ocean under Norway-Pacific Ocean-Climate (N-POC) Scholarship Programme USP also had the opportunity to host students from UIB. The Thirty-five students from UiB in Fiji had continued classes and were involved in field trips and other planned activities coordinated by the International Office. This student exchange supports the global engagement initiative of the University as per the strategic plan.
On board the ship, USP students got a chance to carry out research, learn and exchange knowledge with students from all over the world on the crucial role of the ocean for sustainable development from a global perspective.
USP’s Director Research, Professor Sushil Kumar expressed gratitude to the Lehmkuhl Foundation for allowing student scientists from the Pacific to be part of the expedition, providing them with a value-adding opportunity to be trained and give back to their communities.
“This opportunity is part of the University’s vision to empower our students, staff, and alumni to become inspirational agents of positive change leading innovative, cohesive, resilient, and sustainable communities,” he added.
Professor Kumar also acknowledged the participation of the USP students on board and encouraged them to use the experience to inspire more young people in the field of ocean studies.
USP student, Marca Stephens who was also part of the expedition said she was grateful for the opportunity, which was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for her and her many colleagues onboard.
Ms Stephens also shared fond memories that she and the team made whilst on board Statsraad Lehmkuhl that they would continue to vividly share with their colleagues, families and friends.