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USP Launches New Zealand Partnership Agreement

The University of the South Pacific (USP) launched a new Partnership Agreement with the New Zealand Government on Wednesday. This new Partnership Agreement with New Zealand will assist USP in
16 Apr 2016 10:14
USP Launches New Zealand Partnership Agreement
USP vice-chancellor and president Professor Rajesh Chandra (left), with the New Zealand High Commissioner, Mark Ramsden, during the Partnership Agreement launch. Photo: University of the South Pacific

The University of the South Pacific (USP) launched a new Partnership Agreement with the New Zealand Government on Wednesday.

This new Partnership Agreement with New Zealand will assist USP in building the skills and capability of Pacific people in line with identified national and regional priorities to advance sustainable development in the region.

USP vice-chancellor and president, Professor Rajesh Chandra said the celebration was not only to launch the Partnership Agreement, but also to acknowledge the strong relationship that the university had with one of its major development partners.

“The new agreement will provide a total of NZ$15million for the current triennium, 2016 – 2018. In addition to this, NZ has also committed support for a major ICT project,” Professor Chandra said.

Present to officially launch the partnership, was the New Zealand High Commissioner, Mark Ramsden.

He said USP remained one of the best examples of effective regional co-operation and as such it will have a key role in implementing the recently-agreed Framework for Pacific Regionalism.

Mr Ramsden said they were working with USP on the design of an upgrade to the USPNet Infrastructure Upgrade Programme, which connects the main USP campus in Laucala with remote campuses around the Pacific.

Source: University of the South Pacific

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