THE allocation of land by the Solomon Islands Government is an important development for the University of South Pacific (USP).
Rajesh Chandra highlighted this during the USP graduation ceremony on Friday
in Suva, Fiji.
The ceremony was held at the Fodafone Arena in Laucala.
He was quoted by the Fiji Sun as saying this land allocation is a very important contribution to the development of the university.
He told the ceremony that the Solomon Islands government had allocated land for the development of a new USP campus in Honiara.
“The development of the new campus is one of the most important developments for the university, and will bring to fruition the long standing plans of both the Government and the university.”
Solomon Islands government last month allocated a plot of land at King George sixth school for USP to establish its fourth campus in Honiara.
THe government stands ready to support the development.
Meanwhile Fiji Sun had also reported that the number of students enrolling at USP has increased by 16 per cent this year.
Mr Chandra said this was recognition of the quality of programmes and value that USP delivers.
The vice-chancellor also highlighted some of the university’s achievements.
“Aid to the university increased by 17 per cent last year and we are hopeful of further increases this year and in the future,” Professor Chandra said.
“Member countries and other stakeholders retain their confidence in the university and despite the hard economic times, all member Government have been making their contribution.”
He added work has also begun for USP’s next strategic plan covering 2013-2018 with the theme of transforming USP from a good to an excellent university, which will also be a build up to USP’s golden jubilee celebrations in 2018.
More than 1400 USP students graduated on Friday.
By MOFFAT MAMU