Regional Archive November 2021

“The riots and unrest in the Solomon Islands has wider implications for New Zealand. Security within the Asia-Pacific region is increasingly complex and is of growing concern."

ACT Party Leader Says New Zealand Must Support Solomon Islands

“The New Zealand Government must immediately respond to the Solomon Island Government’s request for support and send troops,” says ACT Deputy Leader Brooke van Velden.
"During the ten year Bougainville Civil War the people of the Solomon Islands offered Bougainville refuge and support. In the same token I offer our support to the people and Government of the Solomon Islands.This support goes by way of supporting the Papua New Guinea Government's response to the SIG."

Bougainville President Hon. Ishmael Toroama's Statement on Unrest in Solomon Islands

The current troubles in the Solomon Islands must not be seen as an opportunity by Bougainvilleans to prey on the nation's instability.
"Omicron has an unprecedented number of spike mutations, some of which are concerning for their potential impact on the trajectory of the pandemic," the WHO said.

WHO Warns New Variant Omicron Has High Infection Risk Globally

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the Omicron coronavirus variant poses a high risk of infection surges around the globe.
“Solomon Islands has always been a beacon of hope for us in Melanesia, and a middle ground for many of our Pacific and Melanesian issues."

PNG Prime Minister Calls for Calm

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape has appealed to the people of neighboring Solomon Islands to “respect the rule of law and democratic institutions and not to take the law into their own hands”.
The feeling of seeing his illustrations published and knowing that he was contributing to educating the young minds of the Pacific inspired Jo to continue his journey as an illustrator.

Josefa Contributes to Evolution of Children's Literature in the Pacific

Josefa Uluinaceva, or Jo, as he is fondly known, has contributed to the evolution of children's literature in the Pacific for many years, in addition to his day job as a Graphic Artist at The University of the South Pacific's Division of Marketing and Communications.
USP Student leaders from 12 member countries and President of New Zealand Union of Students Association at Suva Point in Fiji during the planting of mangroves in August 2019.

The Pacific Youth Summit: The Values of Integrity for the Achievement of Sustainable Development

Students and youth leaders from around the Pacific region are coming together to discuss the importance of integrity and stronger youth action on anti-corruption, transparency, and accountability towards progress on the sustainable development agenda in the Pacific.
Dr. Heine was the first female President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands serving from 2016 to 2020.

Dr Hilda Heine Appointed Pro-Chancellor and Chair of USP Council

The University of the South Pacific at its 92nd Council meeting on Friday 12th November, 2021 unanimously appointed the Honourable Dr. Hilda Cathy Heine to the Office of the Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council for a three-year term commencing 1st January 2022 until 31st December 2024.
Together with Lodhia, they were the first Fijians to be listed on the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia last year.

USP Alumnus Paves Way Forward in Tech Business

Growing up in a farming community in Labasa, Vanua Levu, to becoming an entrepreneur at 26 years of age, Sanjesh Kumar believed in the power of his dreams and chased them wholeheartedly.
Charan is an Electrical Engineer by profession and now works as a senior consultant in a Sydney-based engineering consultancy firm.

Charan Praises USP’s MBA Programme

Meenit Suryadeo Charan, a native of Ba, Fiji, who now lives in Sydney, Australia, believes the University of the South Pacific's (USP) Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme was a fulfilling experience that allowed him to apply his knowledge of business operations.
The USP Chancellorship is rotated amongst USP’s 12-member countries’ Heads of State or Government.

Niue Premier Installed as the 28th Chancellor of USP

Niue Premier Honourable Dalton Emani Makamau Tagelagi was installed as the 28th Chancellor of The University of the South Pacific (USP) during the Niue Campus graduation ceremony held at the Niue High School multi-purpose hall at Paliati earlier this week.
"For some countries and communities at this COP, the transformation that is happening now is not a matter for our children and our grandchildren. This is something that is an existential threat as we sit in Glasgow today."

UK Announces Support for Small Island States at COP26

UK's Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces support for Small Island States at COP26.
"The University is dedicated to assisting students from all backgrounds in obtaining high-quality education irrespective of their financial circumstances," Professor Vanualailai said.

USP Assists Over 400 Private Students Through Bursary Scheme

A total of 420 private students studying at The University of the South Pacific (USP) have received financial assistance under the USP Student Bursary Scheme.
“Tourism is critical to many Pacific economies. It supports the livelihoods of thousands of people, attracts investment, and helps value and safeguard natural resources. It will also be an important driver of the region’s economic recovery from COVID-19,” said Dr Sara Currie, PSDI’s Tourism Expert.

Balancing Sustainability and Growth Key to Tourism Sector Recovery

The tourism sector in the Pacific has been significantly damaged by the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.