It is a Fiji Government problem that is impacting USP and correspondingly it is Fiji Government credibility that is seriously eroded. USP Council were not involved in the human rights violation of the VC&P (Pal Ahluwalia), nor were 11 of the other member country Governments.
Collin rightfully points out, many leaders across the Pacific have been, and
continue to be, educated by USP. As an example, close to home, all but two of
the Heads of Ministries in the Cook Islands are USP Alumni and half of Cabinet.
offers the Pacific a self-determining option for tertiary education – this is
the last thing that Pasifika students experience in universities in Aotearoa!
Numerous studies have revealed how most Pasifika tertiary students struggle in
NZ universities (see, for example: Kapeli, Manuela, & Sibley, (2018);
Southwick, Scott, Mitaera, Nimarota, & Falepau, (2013); Baxter, Kokaua,
Wells, MeGee, & Oakly Brown, (2006); Benseman, Anae, Anderson, & Coxon,
(2002); Benseman, Coxon, Anderson, & Anae, (2006); Benseman, Anae, Anderson,
& Coxon, (2006); Wikaire, E. (2015).
scholars provide the evidence that Pacific students in tertiary education in NZ
experience difficulties that many find very hard to overcome. Their health and
wellbeing are often compromised by their NZ university experiences. However, we
do know that Pasifika students can achieve a level of completion and success at
least as well as other students when deliberate and systematic Pasifika
approaches are adopted. This lies in contrast to what Pasifika students
experience in NZ universities where, success depends on the endeavour of
individual Pacific students to “crack” the system.
provides Pasifika students with a Pasifika university experience and every year
1000s of Pacific students graduate successfully from USP.
Cook Islands, and other regional campuses, it is business as usual! In fact USP
Cook Islands are experiencing an increase in the number of enrolments for
semester one - without counting the Fees Free students!
Pasifika people are the norm, as are Pasifika pedagogies and values, with
classes intentionally designed for Pacific people, by Pacific lecturers. So,
arguments such as those in the 2019 article written by Sereana Naepi entitled
‘Why isn’t my Professor Pasifika?’ are not questions students at USP have to
article provides a snapshot of the academic workforce in New Zealand
universities and argues that NZ universities need to ‘develop meaningful
policies that engage with Pasifika beyond desirable diversity and fulfil
Pasifika’s vision of universities as places that embrace all learners, esteem
all knowledges, and serve all communities’.
does all these things and much much more. USP is even more important in the
region that it ever has been, and I would have expected Collin understand this
given his previous roles in the region.
home and go far with USP!
USP Cook Islands
Awesome to see such a positive front page, Saturday February 6 edition.
work, get the rewards’ and I would like to commend all the people stepping out,
away from family and friends, it’s not an easy decision to make, and it will be
a very different place to live, from what they are used to.
But I am
concerned that, maybe I should be very worried for them, if I am to believe
your article, from Thursday, November 5, 2020, ‘Questioning the morality of New
Zealand’s reliance on workers from the Pacific’ by E-Tangata.
‘story’ we are told that, this is just another form of slavery, by the colonial
oppressor, tantamount to the blackbirding in the 18 and 19 hundreds. Can
someone please advise me what to believe? Which story is fiction?!