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NZ gifts $6 million to USP

Wednesday March 28, 2018 Written by Published in Education

The New Zealand government has promised the University of the South Pacific (USP) $6 million to help improve their digital learning sector.


The announcement came last week at USP’s Laucala campus in Fiji, during the unveiling of a monument commemorating the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).

The campus is situated on land previously occupied by the No.5 Squadron of the RNZAF. The RNZAF brought three planes in from New Zealand and more than 100 ex-No.5 Squadron servicemen and women.

Fijian Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama unveiled the monument alongside New Zealand’s Defence Minister Ron Mark.

The donation is expected to be spent on upgrading the university’s ‘USPNet’, which is a university-owned network. USPNet provides video, audio, and cyber facilities across its 12 member countries.

USP Vice-Chancellor Professor Rajesh Chandra announced the commitment from the New Zealand government and said New Zealand has “contributed significantly to the development of USPNet and to ICT development that has strengthened links between all our campuses”.

He went on to say that the administrative communication and teaching capacity of USP has also been greatly improved as a result.

“We are very grateful that New Zealand has made a grant of $6 million to totally re-engineer USPNet and replace all the satellite dishes to create a 21st-century learning network for the Pacific Islands.

“This is a special contribution from New Zealand to mark our 50th anniversary.”

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