The University of the South Pacific (USP) has partnered with four other overseas universities to improve distance education.

This is according to Fiji Times Online which reports that the five universities are part of an 'EU funded project, Edulink-SideCAP (Staff Improvement in Distance Education for Caribbean, African and Pacific) as part of its ACP-EU Co-operation Program in Higher Education (EDULINK)'.

According to the report, Professor Frank Renie, from the University of the Highlands and Islands Millenium Institute in Scotland, 'said the project provided an opportunity for the universities to share information and possibly new projects'.

"The project is really to improve staff skills and move away from the "chalk and talk" method of teaching," Professor Renie said. He said it was all about maximising the use of information. "Back in Scotland we do this a lot because we have 10 institutions lying across the country and we are in touch through distance education," Professor Renie said.