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USP Farewells Jannif

He has made a very significant contribution to the USP Council: Proff Chandra The University of the South Pacific (USP) hosted a farewell cocktail for the former pro-chancellor, Ikbal Jannif,
31 May 2015 10:35
USP Farewells Jannif
Former USP pro-chancellor Ikbal Jannif receives a token of appreciation from acting pro-chancellor Fekitamoeloa Utoikamanu and vice-chancellor and president Professor Rajesh Chandra last week. Photo: USP

He has made a very significant contribution to the USP Council: Proff Chandra

The University of the South Pacific (USP) hosted a farewell cocktail for the former pro-chancellor, Ikbal Jannif, last week.

Mr Jannif, who had served on the USP Council for almost 25 years, has taken up the post of chancellor at Fiji National University.

He initially joined the council as one of Fiji’s Government representatives for a five-year period from 1989 – 1994 and from 1994 – 2006, he served as a co-opted member in USP Council. From July 1, 2012 to April 13, 2015, Mr Jannif had been the pro-chancellor and chair of council.

While addressing USP’s senior management team and members of the diplomatic corps, at USP’s Oceania Centre, USP vice-chancellor and president Professor Rajesh Chandra said Mr Jannif was a co-opted member in the council for a very long time.

“So this is clearly an indication that Ikbal was making a very significant contribution to the USP Council,” Profesor Chandra said.

He added there was much the university and the region should be grateful for in terms of Mr Jannif’s dedicated service and strong leadership.

Mr Jannif had been a strong advocate of the development of regional campuses and had strongly been engaging with regional governments as a member of USP Council.

“Many of us will also remember Ikbal’s role in graduations where he had made graduations more enjoyable with his jokes.”

Acting pro-chancellor Fekitamoeloa Utoikamanu said Mr Jannif had a lot of institutional memories of USP.

“Ikbal was there when the University was very much in the development stage,” she said.

Ms Utoikamanu thanked Mr Jannif for his dedication for the last 25 years of service to the university.

Mr Jannif said his association with USP went well before 1989.

“This was at USP’s first graduation ceremony at the lower campus where I was the official photographer,” he said.

“I wish USP continued success and I know that under Fekita’s leadership in Council and Professor Chandra’s leadership in administration and with the assistance of the vice-presidents and deputy vice-chancellors, USP is in good hands,” he said.

University of the South Pacific

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