New Zealand High Commission Suva, Fiji
New Zealand AID Programme - University of the South Pacific sign partnership agreement
On 6 October 2010 the New Zealand Acting Head of Mission Mr. Phillip Taula and Vice Chancellor and President of the University of the South Pacific Professor Rajesh Chandra signed a Partnership Funding Agreement which confirmed New Zealand’s funding support to the USP for the 2010-2012.
The Partnership is worth F$19.2 million (NZ$13.8 million) over three years and will ensure close cooperation to ensure the achievement of New Zealand and the USP’s shared commitment to the sustainable development of the Pacific Region.
“New Zealand is committed to supporting the USP to deliver excellence and academic leadership in the Pacific. This Partnership Agreement signals the importance of the University to the region. New Zealand is pleased to be a part of enabling people to access quality and relevant higher educational opportunities through USP. Our funding will support the University to implement its Strategic Plan 2010-2012” said the New Zealand Acting Head of Mission Mr Phillip Taula.
The Partnership Agreement provides core budget support to the USP that will fund the implementation of the Strategic Plan 2010-2012, and will focus on supporting enhanced teaching and improved learning outcomes, improved governance and engagement with member countries on the part of the University, and effective strategic planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
In addition to the Partnership Arrangement funding, New Zealand also provides regional scholarships to USP.
For 2010, there are 185 students on a New Zealand Government scholarship studying at the USP, at a cost of approximately F$6.35million (NZD 4.57 million) this year.
“New Zealand was a founding member of the USP, and has played an important role as adviser and supporter over the past forty years. I am pleased that New Zealand is USP’s “partner”. That term in itself demonstrates the strong commitment of New Zealand to the University and its mission, as detailed in the USP Strategic Plan 2010-2012 which emphasises ‘Quality, Relevance, and Sustainability’”, remarked the Vice-Chancellor.
At the conclusion of the signing ceremony, Professor Chandra conveyed to H.E Mr. Taula the sincere gratitude of the University, on behalf of its twelve member countries, staff, and students for this generous funding support that will greatly assist the University to achieve its main objective of enhancing human resource development in the Pacific.
The New Zealand-USP Partnership is a sustained investment in the potential of the Pacific Islands region and its people, and the University is committed to ensuring that the return on this investment is improved development outcomes for the region.