Welcome to The USP Students’ Association (USPSA).
What is USPSA?
The University of the South Pacific Students’ Association is supported by 12 Pacific Island Countries USPSA Branches; Namely- Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. These countries each host a USP regional campus student association we call as our USPSA Branch. Our current membership is well over 30,000 across more than 12 countries (which includes international student members).
The USPSA is an advocating body which raises student issues to the USP Governance and Management for policy improvement, student’s welfare and facilities. We also facilitate student events and activities at the branch level across the region. The 14 USPSA Branches (in 12 member countries) are united under the main USPSA Federal Council/ Student Council.
The Council operates through its Secretariat, the Federal Office. The Federal Office is the headquarters and the administrative centre for the Association, it assists all branch associations with compliance issues and promotes and supports good governance throughout the 14 branch associations. The USPSA, in addition to its primary role as an advocating body, is responsible for engaging with CROP Agencies, member country governments, national, regional and international organizations in pursuit of USPSA’s objectives, the Student Charter and its Transformative Plan.
How was it formed?
The USPSA is acknowledged by article 16 of the Royal Charter granted to the University by her late Majesty, the former Queen of United Kingdom (Elizabeth II) on the 4th of February 1970 at the Buckingham Palace.
What are we working towards?
The USPSA works closely with the University, supporting USP’s dynamic role in the Pacific region underpinned by its unique cultural identities which are deeply rooted in our virtues: integrity, honesty, respect and accountability. We collectively work together with the University, donor agencies and stakeholders to provide opportunities for aspirational leaders to respond to unique Pacific challenges that are innovative, relevant and appropriate.