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* USP officially established in Fiji at the previously occupied site of the 5 Squadron Royal New Zealand Air Force now known as Laucala Campus.
* Francis Saemala, Solomon Islands Deputy PM was first student applicant.
* Tuvalu Centre established.
* Tonga Centre established in Tongatapu.
* Extension Services at Solomon Islands established.
* Solomon Islands Centre established in Honiara by Adrian Allen.
* Kiribati Centre established by Rosemary Cameron.
* Tonga established Centres in Ha’apai and Vav’au.
* USP’s first graduation held at Laucala Campus with 49 graduates.
* USP’s Chancellor & Pro-Chancellor Academic robes decided.
* USP Tonga Centre started offering Extension Services.
* USP Laucala Campus Library officially opened.
* USP Tonga welcomed its first five students.
* Aloi Pilioko becomes the first artist in residence at USP Laucala. He was a Wassilian multi-media artist and co-founder of the Michoutouchkine-Pilioko Foundation in Vanuatu.
* South Pacific Forum Leaders meeting held at Laucala Campus, USP
* Solomon Islands former Prime Minister Francis Hilly Billy became the first alumunus to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts.
* Kiribati Centre Closed.
* Cook Islands Centre started offering Extension Services.
* Satellite Link established at Solomon Islands Centre.
* Ron Crocombe conducted first formal credit course “Principles and Problems of Land Tenure” offered at Tonga Centre over PEACESat satellite communication network.
* USP decided to reactivate Kiribati Centre.
* Cook Islands Centre officially established in Tupapa by VC James Maraj.
* Fiji Centre is established in Suva with Marjorie Crocombe as its Director.
* Set-up of the Centre for Applied Studies in Development at Laucala Campus.
* Kiribati Centre re-established.
* Samoa Centre established.
* Samoan Government leased land to USP for the agricultural campus of the University.
* Howard Van Trease appointed Kiribati Centre Director.
* Tuvalu Centre started offering Extension Services.
* Solomon Islands Centre officially opened.
1977 November 4
* Solomon Islands Centre moves to their own permanent building in Lawson Tama funded by grants from the Government of Australia and New Zealand.
* Kiribati Centre’s new building completed with aid funds from New Zealand and Australia.
* Journal of Educational Studies established by the Institute of Education for educators in the Pacific region.
* USP vs Brigham Young University rugby match.
* Cook Islands Centre relocated to Takamoa.
* First Graduation held at Cook Islands Centre.
* USP Satellite Network established.
* Cook Islands Centre established full Foundation Programme at Cook Islands Teachers’ College.
* Institute for Research, Extension & Training in Agriculture (IRETA) established at Samoa Centre.
* India’s Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi received Honorary Doctorate of USP.
* Fiji Centre moved to two buildings used by Royal New Zealand Air Force during WW2 in Laucala Campus.
* Pacific Languages Unit established as part of Institute of Pacific Studies at Port Vila (Vanuatu Centre) with Terry Crowley as its founding Director.
* Tokelau Centre established.
* University established a separate Law programme for Certificate in Legal Studies and Diploma in Legal Studies at Vanuatu Centre.
* USPNet link between Kiribati Centre and Laucala Campus established.
* Nauru Centre established under the leadership of Mere Pulea at Aiwo- District.
* Tonga Centre relocated in May.
* Nauru Centre officially opened in October and USP held its first graduation at the Campus officiated by Vice-Chancellor Geoffrey Caston.
1988 May 10
* Tuvalu Centre moved to new building.
1988 May 20
* USP Laucala Campus library funded by the Australian Development Cooperation Programme was opened by the Australian Ambassador to Fiji, His Excellency Mr Robert Cotton.
* Vanuatu Government leased 6 hectares of land to USP for Vanuatu Centre.
* Nauru Centre moved to new building and Extension studies programme restarted.
* Cook Islands Centre hosted its first University Council meeting.
* Regional Centres Conference held at Cook Islands Centre.
* Nauru Centre organised and sponsored first workshop in Drama and Creative Writing with Larry Thompson (University Extension).
* Nauru Centre participated in the Book Voyage Project for the Year of Literacy.
* Cook Islands Centre’s library officially opened.
1991 May 23
* Marshall Islands formally accepted as the 12th member country of USP.
* An Education Symposium sponsored by UNESCO held in Rarotonga, Cook Islands to discuss how education could contribute to the survival of small indigenous cultures.
* Nauru Centre contributed to the collection Te Rau Maire, launched at the Festival of Pacific Arts in the Cook Islands.
* Principals of teacher colleges in the Pacific met at Laucala Campus to form the Pacific Association of Teacher Educators (PATE), facilitated by the UNESCO Chair in Pacific Teacher Education and Culture and IOE.
* Conference Science of the Pacific Islands Peoples, sponsored by the Government of France and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan and hosted by USP.
* Pacific Curriculum Network (PCN) a biannual bulletin established by the IOE and Dept of Eduation and Psychology.
* USP Council made a decision to establish an Arts and Culture Programme at USP.
* USP celebrated its silver anniversary – ‘25 years of Learning and Serving Together’.
* Completion of Kiribati Centre science laboratory.
* USP Marshall Islands Centre established.
* Law degree programmes offered by the Vanuatu Centre through Extension services for year I students.
* Construction of physical facilities such as Hostels, Dining Hall, Library and classrooms for Law Department at the Vanuatu Centre started with funding from by Government of Vanuatu.
* The Institute of Applied Sciences established a focal point of Pacific Networks teacher education and women managers in higher education.
* Construction of the physical facilities completed for the Law department at the Vanuatu Centre.
* USP Molikilagi Bure opened at Laucala Campus.
* Fiji Centre relocated from Suva to Lautoka.
* UNDP/UNESCO/AUSAID/UNICEF Basic Education and Life Skills Programme (BELS) handed over to IOE.
* The Food unit lab at IAS declared the focal point for analysis as part of the Global Environmental Monitoring System (GEMS) Food programme organised by the United Nations.
* 7th Pacific Artists Workshop held in the Cook Islands Institute of Pacific Studies (IPS).
* An Art exhibition held at Laucala Campus as part of IPS involvement in developing a Pacific Arts and Culture programme at USP, which culminated in the establishment Oceania Center of Arts and Culture (OCAC) now known as Oceania Center of Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies (OCACPS).
* Marine studies campus built by JICA.
* Pacific Writers Forum (PWF) established to give recognition to the emergence of a literature in English by Pacific writers.
* Oceania Center for Arts and Culture (OCAC) opened under the Directorship of the late Professor Epeli Hau’ofa.
* The opening of the new wing Chemistry lab at the School for Pure & Applied Sciences.
* In 1998, the Marshall Islands Centre moved adjacent to the National Education Cultural Centre in Majuro.
* USP Samoa Centre relocated from Education Compound in Malifa to Alafua Campus.
* Formal approval of the establishment of a northern Fiji Campus in Labasa.
* The AUSAID Lecture Theatre opened by the Hon Alexander Downer, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs.
* Red Wave Collective established at OCAC.
* 8th Conference of the South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language held at USP.
* South Pacific Regional Herbarium absorbed at IAS
* Northern (Labasa) Fiji Centre established.
* IAS microbiological analyses certified following NZ Good manufacturing Practices.
* Oceania Dance Theatre established with the late Allan Alo as its choreographer.
* Red Wave Artists exhibited at the James Harvey Gallery in Sydney during the Sydney Olympics and later at East-West Center Honolulu.
* WebCT was introduced by CFL.
2001 June 22
* Northern Fiji Centre officially opened by the then Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Rajesh Chandra.
* Samoa Centre became the first regional campus to offer MBA.
* Restructure of faculties resulted in SAFT & IRETA combining under the then Faculty of Islands & Oceans.
* IRETA merged with School of Agriculture as its research unit.
* 3000 year old skull found by Prof. Patrick Nunn’s research team of the School of Geography.
* USP Centres designated Campuses.
* The then Head of USP’s School of Economics, Associate Professor Biman Prasad, became the recipient of the inaugural Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara Fellowship offered by Otago University in New Zealand.
* Northern Fiji Centre renamed USP Labasa Campus.
* The IAS & the School of Marine Studies at USP Laucala Campus together with the International Oceans Institute and the World Wide Fund for Nature (formerly known as the World Wildlife Fund) began a community based resource program on the island of Gau.
* IAS selected by the United Nations Environment Program as one of five locations in the world to be developed as a Persistent Organic Pollutants reference laboratory.
* Partnership between SOE and Labasa Campus resulted in blended mode offering Postgraduate in Education.
* The Government of Australia provided F$125,000 to implement and manage a project on climate change adaptation in Fiji through the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD).
* The IAS Food Unit became one of six worldwide laboratories chosen by the UNEP for development as a regional centre of excellence in persistent organic pollutants (POPs) analysis.
* The Herbarium under IAS continued to upgrade its existing collection of nearly 100,000 vouchers of Pacific plants.
* Moodle officially adopted as USP’s official learning management system
* Oceania Center, merged with Pacific Studies to become Oceania Center for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies (OCAPS).
* Several new chemicals were discovered and patented in recognition of their potential for fighting diseases In the area of Natural Products Chemistry headed by Professor William Aalbersberg.
* The IAS laboratory became the only laboratory in the South-West Pacific recognised by the International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ).
* IRETA reinstated as a separate unit but continued operations under the Faculty of Business & Economics.
* The Eduniversal International Scientifi committee recognised FBE with its “3 Palmes” award, an award which is given only to excellent business schools.
* Pacific Youth Festival Hosted at USP.
* OCACPS Tsunami Feather Appeal featured over 100 Fiji-based artists responding to the September 29 Tsunami triggered by a magnitude 8.0 earthquake with extensive damage in Samoa and Tonga.
* The Institute of Applied Sciences commended with the “Achievement in Business Excellence” trophy, which is one of the Fiji Business Excellence Awards given by the Training and Productivity Authority of Fiji and the Fiji Government.
2009 August 24-25
* The International Symposium on Renewable Energy organised by the FSTE at Laucala Campus.
* IRETA took over management of Alafua farm, providing assistance to SAFT in facilitating student practical work.
* IOE relocated to Tonga Campus.
* SEP awarded US$2.35 million project on “A Renewable Energy Generation, Resource Assessment and Capacity Building Programme for PICs” by KOICA. The project was successfully completed in 2014.
* The Solomon Islands Centre designated a USP Campus.
* USP introduces four compulsory generic courses for all students – UU100, UU114, UU200 and UU204.
2010 July 6
* Japan Pacific ICT Center officially opened by the President of Fiji HE Epeli Nailatikau and the Japanese Ambassador to Fiji HE Mr Yutaka Yoshizawa.
2010 July 28
* IAS awarded International accreditation status becoming the only laboratory in the South-West Pacific internationally be recognised and qualified to carry out microbiological tests.
* Renewed efforts to promote agricultural studies in Samoa, resulted in the USP-GOS partnership to sponsor the Bachelor of Agriculutre (BAGR) programme.
* Community Vocational Center of Education (CVCE) piloted the Open Schooling Programme.
* USP commemorated STHM’s Associate Membership to the International Centre for Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education.
* The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences hosted the ICCEC Conference.
* Celebration of the International Year of Chemistry in 2011 with an International conference held at USP.
* Online and Blended mode commenced.
* USP Cook Islands Campus extended.
* 14-acre land acquired by USP Tonga Campus from the Government of Tonga.
* USP facilitated two successful Fiji Economy Updates around the country to bring together research outputs on various aspects on the Fiji economy in an attempt to assist policy-makers to make informed policy decisions.
* IAS working under the IUCN - Water and Nature Initiative Project discovered a new flowering plant belonging to the Medinilla species, similar to that of the famous Tagimoucia flower that was discovered on the island of Kadavu in Fiji.
2012 September 18
* The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited USP’s Tuvalu Campus on Funafuti atoll.
* The 2010 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Professor Akira Suzuki of Hokkaido University visited The University of the South Pacific in August, 2012.
* Professor Randolph Thaman, from the Division of Geography awarded with the honorary membership of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He was the only one from the Pacific region, other than Australia, to be awarded at this event in Korea.
* The Confucious Institute officially opened at Laucala Campus.
2012 February 22
* Japan Pacific ICT Multi-Purpose Theatre officially opened by the Prime Minister of Fiji Hon Voreqe Bainimarama and the Japanese Ambassador to Fiji HE Mr Yutaka Yoshizawa.
* Ministry of Education, Sports & Culture contracted USP Samoa to deliver STAP.
* Professor Randolph Thaman elected a member of the first IPBES (Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) of the newly established Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-1), the biodiversity equivalent of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Climate Change (IPCC).
* A Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signed in Apia, Samoa for the Pacific Islands Universities Research Network (PIURN) to collaborate in three areas affecting the region: Environment & Climate Change; Biology & Medicine; and Food and Agriculture.
* Senate approved USP Cook Islands proposal to franchise Pacific TAFE courses to Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute.
* The GSB received an award as a newly accredited school under the Association for MBAs (AMBA) at the annual International Conference for Deans and Directors held in Paris.
* The LifeLong Learning for Energy Security, Access and Efficiency in the African and Pacific SIDS (LEAP) project launched at USP Laucala.
* Online peer mentoring for FSTE students known as eMentoring introduced for Laucala, Lautoka, Labasa, Tonga, Alafua and Emalus Campuses.
* The ACM-ICPC Eastern Division Programming contest held in Fiji for the first time for tertiary students of NZ and Fiji.
* USP launches the Science Teachers Accelerated Programme (STAP) for science teachers in Samoa.
2014 September 22
* Pacific Centre for Flexible and Open Learning for Development (PACFOLD) in Apia Samoa hosted by USP.
2014 October 31
* USP-APTC Pacific Fusion Restaurant and Training Kitchen opened.
2014 October 16
* USP opened new Centre in the Torba province of Vanuatu.
2014 February 19
* The Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL) gained international recognition from the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance (IBSTPI) and Instruction.
* CVCE changed its name to Pacific TAFE (Pacific Technical and Further Education).
* USP’s Masters in Business Administration (MBA) Programme announced sixth best in the Oceania Region in Eduniversal’s Best Masters Ranking.
* (FBE) became the only business school in Fiji to be ranked among the best 1,000 business schools in 154 countries by the Eduniversal Agency.
* 39th Pacific Circle Consortium Conference hosted by the School of Education at the USP Laucala Campus
* Moana: Rising of the Sea film production by Pacific-European cooperation in the climate change research project European Consortium for Pacific Studies (ECOPAS), and, funded by the European Union (EU).
* FSTE’s Industry Experience Project (IEP) course and Industry Experience Laboratory (IE Lab) launched by the Japanese Ambassador to Fiji, His Excellency Takuji Hanatani.
* Engineering students at USP invented the ‘Eye Cane’ a mobility aid for blind and visually impaired individuals.
* Introduction of Faculty Online Orientation Tool (FOOT) for all first year Science students.
* The Bachelor of Software Engineering and Bachelor of Net-Centric Computing programmes received professional accreditation by Australian Computer Society (ACS) in December 2015.
* Three students attended the inaugural World Science conference in Israel.
* A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Center, Wuhan University under which state of art satellite data acquisition system was provided to SEP by GNSS Center.
2015 November 3
* New Kiribati Campus funded through a soft loan of Asian Development Bank (ADB) opened in Tarawa
* Lecturer, Dr Eleanor John, of the School of Geography co-authored a paper in the top-ranked journal Nature, the highest ranking publication ever coming out of USP’s research.
* USP’s Online Orientation Model was launched by Campus Life for students at the Laucala Campus.
* College of Foundation Studies merged with Pacific TAFE.
* Pacific TAFE opened the WDTU (Workforce Development Training Unit).
* USP in collaboration with NFNC develops My Kana app for healthier Fiji.
* SEP is one of the hosts of World-wide Lightning Location Network (WWLLN), run by University of Washington, USA and Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand.
* SEP/Engineering students won first prize in the First ever Pacific Innovation Challenge 2017 organised by ANZ bank.
* The Online Mathematics Diagnostic Tool (OMDT) rolled out University-wide.
* Introduction of face-to-face science programme in Tonga.
* Pacific TAFE establishes the Nadi Tourism and Hospitality Training Center.
* Marshall Islands Campus moved to its new campus on Long Island.
2017 August 24
* Ground breaking for the construction of the New Solomon Islands Campus which is expected to be completed in 2019.
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