First USP council meeting to be held in Cooks

Wednesday March 13, 2019 Written by Published in Education
USPSA president Eggo Soriano. 19031202 USPSA president Eggo Soriano. 19031202

The University of the South Pacific Student Association (USPSA) federal body will be holding its 20th council meeting in Rarotonga from March 25-28.


The council, is supported by 12 Pacific Island countries namely Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.  Chair and USPSA president, Eggo Soriano explains that the USP council is an advocating body that raises student issues to the USP governance for policy improvement, students’ welfare and facilities.

 It also facilitates student events and activities at the branch level. We are “One Ocean, One People, One Voice and One Journey.”

This will be the first time that the federal council meeting will be held in the Cook Islands. They are held twice every year at the end of March and the end of August. Notably 2019 marks the 10th year of the USPSA federal body’s existence, as one umbrella body with 14 branches in our USP member countries.

To mark this important milestone a commemorative monument will be unveiled at the USPSA Federal Office in Laucala Campus during the 21st USPSA council meeting that is scheduled to be held in August 2019.

The USP Student Association vision is: Achieving the best experience possible for students as they navigate through University.

According to USPSA Federal Body Secretary General, Emosi Vakarua: “USPSA is striving to achieve the best experience for all students regardless of the campus they are enrolled in.

The association has a rich culture, a heritage that is experienced through friendships forged, sharing and caring for the student next to you, or the students you share a class with or a hall with.

“This is the USPSA culture, one that values people, respects differences, and celebrates achievements.

The association is also determined to improve student services and voicing concerns and plight of students to the university. Our success greatly depends on the partnerships and mutual respect and consensus with all students,” says Vakarua.

The 20th council will be hosted by USPSA Cook Islands with a welcoming dinner at The Edgewater Resort and Spa on Monday March 25. This event will be attended by the Pro-Chancellor and Chair of USP Council, Winston Thompson and the Vice Chancellor and president of USP, Professor Pal Ahluwalia alongside various dignitaries from government, traditional leaders and USP alumni.

The USPSA Cook Islands Branch will, again, be represented at the council by acting president Nooroa Tuoro.

Tuoro attended the last council meeting in August 2018 in Nadi, Fiji, as representative for the USPSA Cook Islands.

She says that she saw the opportunity of having the meeting held in Rarotonga as an awesome opportunity to encourage our young and mature students to study in-country at The University of the South Pacific.

Tuoro is currently being supported by post-graduate student Mani Mate in organising the various functions during the 20th USPSA federal council meeting. Tuoro on behalf of USPSA Cook Islands would like to extend an invitation to all current students and the USP alumni to offer their support to make the event a success and memorable one.

Current students and alumni who would like to attend the welcoming dinner can email Nooroa Tuoro at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Mani Mate on 50016 for seating.  There are limited number of seats so first in, first served.


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