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New USP Vice-Chancellor And President Appointed

New USP Vice-Chancellor And President Appointed
Professor Pal Ahluwalia as the new Vice-Chancellor and President
June 08
11:00 2018

The University of the South Pacific (USP) is pleased to formally announce the ap­pointment of Professor Pal Ahlu­walia as the new Vice-Chancellor and President (VC&P) of USP in a decision made during the 86th Council meeting of the University in Nauru.

Professor Ahluwalia will formal­ly take up his new role as VC&P in November 2018.

This will allow for a smooth tran­sition and handover process from USP’s current Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rajesh Chandra, whose term comes to an end in December 2018.

Professor Chandra served as USP’s Vice-Chancellor and Presi­dent for a maximum term of ten years.

Professor Ahluwalia was selected for this position after a rigorous and thorough selection process by the University’s Joint Committee of Council and Senate.

He is currently the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innova­tion) at the University of Ports­mouth in the United Kingdom where he also holds the role of Equality and Diversity Champion.

Before that, Professor Ahluwalia also concurrently led the Global Engagement Portfolio at the Uni­versity of Portsmouth, and was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor and Acting Deputy Vice-Chancel­lor (Academic) at the University of South Australia.

He has a PhD in Politics from Flinders University and a Mas­ter and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.

USP Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, Winston Thompson, the new Vice-Chancellor brings to USP credentials and experience, which would make him a strong applicant for a Vice-Chancellor’s position anywhere in the world.

“Professor Ahluwalia shows a great understanding of USP and articulated a compelling vision for its future; he emphasised the importance of advancing the in­terests of member nations,” Mr Thompson said.

In his current position, Profes­sor Ahluwalia is responsible for promoting a strong research and innovation culture across the University of Portsmouth with continuous improvement in the volume, quality and impact of the University’s research and enter­prise outputs and partnerships.

Professor Ahluwalia said: “The opportunity to undertake the role of Vice-Chancellor and President at USP is enormously exciting be­cause it is a position that would be a privilege and an honour to hold.

“I am passionate about education in the broadest sense of the word and the potential that the role of­fers is one that I will relish.”

Source: University of the South Pacific

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