Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP with Right Honourable Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of Commonwealth.
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USP VC presents to the Ministers on Education for Sustainability and Resilience at 20CCEM - 22 Feb 2018 05:02:18 pm
Commonwealth countries need to provide determined leadership, build consensus and inclusion, create strong partnerships, and fully leverage ICTs and new learning tools to develop education for sustainable development and resilience. The involvement of young people in policy development, monitoring and implementation were of critical importance. Education for sustainability needs to be led and owned by the countries, and embedded thoroughly into the national visions of development of countries and owned by all the stakeholders. Business as usual will not allow countries to succeed in meeting their commitments to SDG4 and its 10 targets. Innovation and thinki... More »
Transforming pedagogical practices at USP discussed at 20CCEM - 22 Feb 2018 04:02:33 pm
Open Educational Practices and Flexible Learning are not new to The University of the South Pacific (USP) as its distributed nature requires it to engage in open and flexible learning which it has done since its inception and as such, USP has a very strong pedigree in these areas which is widely acknowledged.
This was the message that Professor Som Naidu, USP’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Flexible Learning and Director of the Centre of Flexible Learning (CFL) had for delegates from fifty-three (53) member countries of the Commonwealth which included Ministers, their Permanent Secretaries and representatives of various p... More »
USP highlights importance of ICTs towards building resilient universities - 22 Feb 2018 03:01:49 pm
It is essential that the role of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is recognised for better recovery from natural disasters to build resilient universities.
This was recommended by Dr Giulio Paunga, Vice-President, Regional Campuses and Estates and Infrastructure of The University of the South Pacific (USP) during the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers Meeting on 20 February 2018.
Universities from across the Commonwealth have been severely affected by natural disasters in recent years.
Dr Paunga w... More »
20th CCEM officially opened - 22 Feb 2018 12:25:18 pm
The Prime Minister of Fiji and Minister of i-Taukei Affairs, Sugar Industry and Foreign Affairs, Rear Admiral (Ret), Honourable Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama officially opened the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (20CCEM) on 20 February 2018 at Sheraton Resort, Nadi, Fiji.
The University of the South Pacific (USP), which is one of the major sponsors of the first ever CCEM in the Pacific, is well-represented with a number of presentations done by its staff and students.
Presentations by USP participants covered topics such as, Education for Sust... More »
USP Cook Islands completes Maori Language Flexi-school - 21 Feb 2018 02:37:16 pm
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Cook Islands campus recently completed the first full Cook Islands Māori language flexi-school taught by Dr. Akevai Nicholas from the Auckland University of Technology.
The January flexi-school was the second of 12 courses students have been taking, as part of the new Diploma in Cook Islands Māori.
The diploma is structured so that general linguistics papers are taken in-semester and face-to-face Māori language courses in January flexi- schools.
Twenty-three (23) students joined the flex... More »
USP Lautoka Campus trains unemployed youth - 21 Feb 2018 02:23:24 pm
Forty-two (42) unemployed youths from Lautoka went through an eight (8) week Office Assistance Training programme at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Lautoka Campus to equip them for new job markets. The training concluded on 19 January 2018.
The Youth Employment Network (YEN) training programme was a result of the partnership between the Lautoka Campus, Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprise and Development (FRIEND) and the participants were fully funded by OXFAM Fiji.
The aim of the training programme was to provide an opportunity to unemployed youths to u... More »
USP launches 2018 Entrepreneurial Fair - 20 Feb 2018 02:09:26 pm
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) annual Entrepreneurial Fair was launched by the Honourable Mr Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, Fiji’s Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Land and Mineral Resources at the Laucala Campus on 19 February, 2018.
The launch was attended by USP staff, Senior Management, students, sponsors, invited guests and workshop participants.
Hon Koya said the Entrepreneurial Fair, will match aspiring entrepreneurs with successful entrepreneurs, from Fiji and abroad, who will share their journey and experience, which is an important event that the Mi... More »
New Australian High Commissioner Pays Courtesy Visit to USP - 20 Feb 2018 12:17:43 pm
The new Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency Mr John Feakes, paid a courtesy visit to the Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of the South Pacific (USP), Professor Rajesh Chandra on 14 February 2018.
H.E Mr Feakes started his term at the Australian High Commission in November last year, replacing Her Excellency Ms Margaret Twomey.
Professor Chandra warmly welcomed H.E Mr Feakes to the University’s headquarters at Laucala Campus and thanked him for this first official meeting.
He reminisced Australia’s partne... More »
New students attend orientation at Emalus Campus - 19 Feb 2018 04:23:22 pm
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Emalus Campus in Port Vila, Vanuatu organised a successful orientation session on 1-2 February, 2018, which assisted new students at the University for the first time in Semester 1 this year.
In his welcome speech, Mr Ruben Markward, the Emalus Campus Manager said, “We are excited to welcome you into this vibrant learning community and as a new student at USP you are bound to have questions”.
Mr Markward said the orientation is designed around their needs – to help them find answers to those questions and provid... More »
USP holds successful meet with Media Reps - 19 Feb 2018 04:07:36 pm
The University of the South Pacific (USP) organised a ‘Meet the Media’ event on 13 February, 2018 at the Japan-Pacific ICT Conference room at the Laucala Campus, in an effort to strengthen its partnership with members of the Media in Fiji.
The event was organised not only to renew partnerships but to acknowledge the Media for its coverage of activities and developments of USP.
In addressing media representatives that turned out in numbers, Professor Chandra said the occasion was especially set aside for the media, the University’s main partners, “because ... More »