Profile: The University of the South Pacific

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About USP

The University of the South Pacific is the premier institution of higher learning for the Pacific region, uniquely placed in a region of extraordinary physical, social and economic diversity.

Established in 1968, USP is one of only two universities of its type in the world. It is jointly owned by the governments of 12 member countries: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Samoa. The University has campuses in all member countries. The main campus, Laucala, is in Fiji. The Alafua Campus in Samoa is where the School of Agriculture and Food Technology is situated, and the Emalus Campus in Vanuatu is the location for the School of Law.

Advanced communication technologies through USPNet are used to reach distance and flexible learning students across the vast expanses of the Pacific Ocean.

The multi-cultural nature of the staff and student body give USP an exceptional character. It is a quality institution producing degrees comparable to those awarded by universities in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Graduates from USP are found in important executive positions throughout the public and private sectors in all member countries and in numerous countries around the world.

The University has set a high standard for quality in its research. Major research commitments include business management, teacher education, Pacific studies, marine studies, agriculture, science and technology.

Our Vision

Achieving excellence and innovation for sustainable development of the Pacific Island Countries

Our Mission

  • To provide Pacific people with a comprehensive range of excellent and relevant tertiary qualifications;
  • To deliver the benefits of advanced research and its applications;
  • To provide communities and countries in the Pacific region with relevant, cost effective and sustainable solutions, including entrepreneurship, to their main challenges; and
  • To be an exemplar of tertiary education for the Pacific Islands in quality, governance, application of technology and collaboration with national tertiary institutions.

Our Values

  • Commitment and loyalty of staff and students to the institution and the region;
  • Highest standards of governance, leadership, academic freedom, integrity and transparency;
  • Highest standards of creativity, innovation, teamwork and flexibility in the pursuit of excellence;
  • Investments in staff, rewarding staff excellence, and empowerment of all USP teams;
  • Respect for distinctiveness and diversity in our Pacific heritage and its development, preservation and dissemination;
  • Commitment to regional cooperation and integration;
  • Positive and inclusive learning and living environments for student excellence;
  • Support for flexible learners in all locations for success in work, life and citizenship;
  • Protection and nurturing of the environment;
  • Strong relationships to guide engagement with national governments, Pacific communities, and development partners;
  • Humility in performance, learn from others, value the trust given, and honour Pacific knowledge, contexts and aspirations. 

Contact Person: 
Ashnil Sharma
Phone: +679 323 2303
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