The USP aims to provide leadership in innovation through research and educational initiatives by providing strategic direction and coordination of the University’s contribution to regional development in the Pacific. Hence, the USP intends to create an environment that is supportive of innovation by encouraging greater collaboration across both public and private sectors and with other research institutions to accelerate innovation already taking place across the University.
From 2017 – 2018, the Research Office (RO) of the USP has made considerable effort to develop the University’s very first Innovation@USP framework based on a consultation with internal and external stakeholders on the University’s proposed plan in innovation. The approach taken has been to allow stakeholders to provide feedback, supporting the USP’s commitment to maintaining ongoing engagement with people of the region in shaping the Pacific Futures.
The RO’s consultation report describes innovation as a process of transferring meaningful research knowledge that can foster sustainable development at the regional level to benefit Pacific communities. This report also points out that for research to have a regional impact in the Pacific, the focus should be on the areas of education, disaster management in the face of high sea levels, pollution, and environmental collapse. Why? Because the Pacific communities are so reliant on these resources on a daily and long-term basis.
In response, the University’s inaugural Innovation@USP-Framework focuses on 2 priorities areas:
The Innovation@USP priority areas intensify the important connection between the University’s Research Strategic Theme (RST), 2019 – 2024, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in guiding the USP’s core role in producing more regional and national impactful research in the Pacific. Those RST themes are underpinned by Innovation, Empowerment, and Sustainability in the Pacific, emphasising research that goes beyond academic to offer innovative knowledge and practices that can benefit the Pacific society and its socio-cultural environments.