USP to enforce report on mismanagement and abuse of office

BDO Auckland was engaged to investigate alleged corruption at the university.

According to the Islands Business, the USP Council said in a statement the BDO report had resulted in a "range of findings and recommendations that will need to be addressed to ensure the sound operation of the university".

However, the council did not say what the BDO's recommendations are.

The allegations were raised in a paper by the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Pal Ahluwalia, titled Issues, Concerns and Breaches of Past Management and Financial Decisions.

USP report on alleged mismanagement two months away

The terms of reference for the investigation have been drawn up and sent to University Council members for their approval.

In a statement, the university said once the terms are approved, the risk and audit committee will invite several independent investigators to register their interest.

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption is conducting a separate investigation into the allegations, which were first reported by Islands Business last month.

Pacific Islanders to benefit from USP & APTC partnership

This was made possible through a partnership signed between the University of the South Pacific and the Australian Government supported Australian Pacific Coalition at the Laucala Campus.

The partnership marks the first in a new approach APTC is taking to its engagement with TVET institutions and other partners across the region.

Samoan Parliamentarians graduate from USP

Those who attended included Reverend Lemalu Livisitone Toelupe; Afioga Lemamea Ropati Mualia, Member of the Council of Deputies; Afioga Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa; Mr Winston Thompson, USP Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council and Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament.

Samoa's Alafua Campus cohort graduates from Cisco Academy

In his keynote address, Professor Mohammed Umar, Head of the School of Agriculture & Food Technology (SAFT) and acting Campus Director, said the first USP Alafua Cisco cohort started in 2011 comprising 25 students who were largely Information Communication Technology (ICT) engineers, Information Technology (IT) managers, systems and network administrators and technicians from local internet service providers and various computer companies including government ministries and corporations.

USP extends lecture capture to Samoa & Vanuatu

The new state-of-the-art lecture capture system was first rolled out at the main Laucala Campus commencing from day one of Semester 1, 2017, and based on the success of this, it was extended to the two other campuses that deliver whole programmes.

The system, one of the largest in the Pacific, gives students access to video and audio recordings of many of their lectures and other teaching activities, providing a flexible learning experience. It uses a combination of commercial hardware and open source as its primary technology.

USP marks Open Education week

The forum was organised by Centre for Flexible Learning on 29 March, 2017 at the Laucala Campus in Suva.

The forum also focused on progress on Open Education initiatives and opportunities and ways to enhance OER use an application.

Open education is about access to educational opportunities, the practice of open learning and engagement with open scholarship, said Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Innovation and International.

Regional students among USP high achievers

Four students are from Samoa, two from Tonga and one from Vanuatu.

There are 27 students from Fiji.

The other awardees are from Solomon Islands, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Guyana, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Professor Derrick Armstrong, USP’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Innovation and International said the ceremony is a very special one because of the record number of categories (49) and high achievers this year.  

Australia Awards Pacific Scholarship students welcomed by USP

Out of the total, 22 students are based at USP’s Emalus Campus while the rest 312 students are based at Laucala Campus.

The AAPS students were welcomed at USP’s Laucala Campus on 9th March 2017.

Development Manager, Mr Iresh Lal wished the students well for their studies and told them that, “you being selected as a recipient of AAPS scholarship is an inspiring story itself.”

Mr Lal thanked the government of Australia for supporting the AAPS awards.

First CROP ICT WG meeting for 2017

One of the issues was the formation of a Task Force that will look into the logistics of this bigger group meeting, such as confirming the list of invitees and determining the aims and objectives of the meeting.

The Task Force includes Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, University of the South Pacific, Asian Development Bank and Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association.

The CROP ICT WG is responsible for coordinating the different tasks undertaken by various players in the key areas in ICT.