University of South Pacific and UH Manoa sign MOU to support education and collaborative research via video-conference

The University of the South Pacific(USP) has leveraged the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) after signing two Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UHM) on 8 November 2017.

Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP signs the MOU.

Under the first MOU, both institutions undertook to establish, in a reciprocal manner and in the interest of both of them, an agreement allowing full time students to take courses at the host institution while receiving a diploma or degree from their home university.

The second MOU was a more general agreement, which fosters a friendly relationship through mutual cooperation in areas of learning, teaching and research between USP and UHM.

While signing the MOU from Hawaii via the video conference, Dr David Lassner, Interim Chancellor of UHM said that the ‘signing’ was special in its nature and he was enthusiastic to do so.

Dr Lassner further added that the opportunity to leverage ICTs to celebrate a more general MOU to strengthen the relationship between two (2) of the premier institutions in the Pacific, was a great one.

“I thought that by signing in this way, we might begin to model some of the behaviours. The more we encourage our institutions to collaborate over electronically with these infrastructures that we spend significant time and money to construct, the more it represents the future collaboration in our ability to enhance our research and education ambitions,” Dr Lassner said.

He stated that there have also been conversations about a general MOU for which he had been excited about.

Dr Lassner noted that in many ways, the collaborations grew both up-down and bottom-up and a lot of work has taken place for more than thirty (30) years of UHM’s faculty in agriculture, Pacific studies and in other disciplines.

“I know we had a long term relationship around student exchange and there was work ongoing to renew our student exchange agreement in due course,” Dr Lassner said.

Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP said that he was equally excited to sign the MOUs.

Dr David Lassner, Interim Chancellor of UHM during the video conference call.

Other members of staff from USP present at the signing were Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and International, Professor Richard Coll, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching and Student Services, Ms Lillian Fuata, Manager, USP International, and Mr Iresh Lal, Development Manager.