As most students were away last week when I assumed my position as Vice-Chancellor, I decided to wait until now to send my very warm greetings to all of you.
As you all will know, the University has serious financial problems that will require urgent attention. We will also need to make sure that the University becomes more responsive to its stakeholders.
Students are among the most important stakeholders of the University. I hope to address all of you soon after the beginning of the semester, and indicate my desire to work closely with students as we go forward. Students are represented on most of the important bodies of the University. Your representatives have good opportunities to bring to our attention issues and problems. I would encourage all students to take their representation role seriously.
We will also continue the tradition of meetings with the Executive of USPSA.
The University offers tremendous opportunity for creating a truly Pacific society. I would like to see much more interaction across the different cultural groups, and to build a more cohesive student community.
The University is also committed to improving the quality of its teaching and learning, which should benefit students. On the part of students, we would like to see more independent learning, and a greater striving for academic excellence.
We will have regular opportunities in the future to discuss these and many other issues designed to improve student environment and welfare.
For the moment, I wanted to send all of you my greetings, and say that I look forward to working closely with students as we move the university forward.
Professor Rajesh Chandra