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University, European Union Launch New Initiative

A series of initiatives was launched last Friday at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in conjunction with the European Union. This is to create awareness on the European
15 Feb 2015 09:37
University, European Union Launch New Initiative
From left: Helene Jacot Des Combes, Sheikh Azid, Professor John Bythell, Gediminas Varanavicius, Professor Elizabeth Holland, Thierry Catteau, Poonam Santiago and Iresh Lal during the USP EU partnership launch awareness last Friday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

A series of initiatives was launched last Friday at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in conjunction with the European Union.

This is to create awareness on the European Union’s partnership and benefits to the Pacific region.

The launch was part of the EU’s European Year for Development (EYD 20155), a campaign that was dedicated towards raising awareness on their effectiveness as an active development partner in the Pacific region and world- wide.

The EU is currently supporting the university through financial assistance in funding various projects facilitated by the university and the EU.

They are currently funding 14 of the university’s projects.

Charge d’Affaires at the EU Delegation for the Pacific, Gediminas Varanavicius said education was one of the areas of focus of the European Union this year.

“This is an example of true partnership. Your students will bring back the knowledge and experiences from Europe but also we will learn about your culture and tradition of the Pacific,” Mr Varanavicius said.

Twenty-eight (28) USP students are currently studying in European universities and they hoped this would increase.

USP deputy vice-chancellor (Research and International) Professor John Bythell said the university was grateful to the European Union for always assisting them in their projects.

“USP has positioned itself as a leader in research that is original, modern, and reactive in addressing the problems and challenges faced by its member countries,” Professor Bythell said.

“The University is honoured and privileged to be entrusted by both the Delegation of the European Union and SPC with the implementation of the most recent project which is the EUR 6.1 million ‘Pacific Technical and Vocational Education and Training on Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Adaptation (PacTVET) project.”

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