The University of the South Pacific (USP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The Fiji National University (FNU) and a Letter of Agreement (LOA) with Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA) on 8 April 2015.

Both Universities will be working together on issues related to the design, development and delivery of educational programmes. This will be achieved on the basis of reciprocity and mutual benefit.


Vice Chancellor and President of USP Professor Rajesh Chandra stated that both Universities will encourage academic and educational activities such as exchange of students, visiting research scholars, joint research projects and particiapation in international conferences, seminars, symposia, workshops and other activities.

“In an effort to encourage research and education collaboration in marine, maritime and ocean technology including sustainable sea transport, we will also be signing a LOA with FMA. This LOA will see the beginning of the two organisations collaboratively working on a very important area in the Pacific, specifically the area of Sea Transport which has the highest costs in most Pacific Island Countries,” said Professor Chandra.

“We are hoping that this collaboration can produce the creation of an International Centre of Excellence for all things maritime and marine and hope that the sections can work together towards this,” he added.

Acting Vice Chancellor of FNU Professor Ian Rouse stated that it was a special occasion where senior management from both Universities could demonstrate their commitment to providing the best possible facilities for teaching, learning and research development for all Fijians and Pacific Islanders.

“USP is a key contributor to the development of Pacific Island Countries. It is one of the regions premier Universities, providing a primary source of high quality graduates in the region and has positioned itself as a leader in research and education. This MOU that we are signing today is established between two great places of learning. It’s a sign of commitment to collaboration, to Fiji and to the Pacific Region,” said Professor Rouse.

“Universities sign many MOU’s, but in this case both parties recognise that their respective missions are to contribute to education and training in Fiji through substantial opportunity for cooperation. In particular, the parties agree to cooperate on issues related to the design, development and delivery of educational programmes,” he added.

USP and FNU will be working closely in the near future to address national challenges faced by both Universities.

Senior Management from both Universities were also present at the event.

Source: Thestallionnewspaper