THE USP'S Rarotonga campus has been upgraded at a cost of $NZ600,000 ($F862,954).
A statement said the extension to the existing campus includes a conference room, a computer lab as well as a furnished reception area, funded by AusAID.
In opening the extensions on Monday, USP vice chancellor Professor Rajesh Chandra said it would be a timely boost for studies and enrolment on the island.
"Whereas it took 30 years to produce the first 100 USP Cook Islands graduates, more than 200 students have graduated in-country at the USP Cook Islands campus over the past 10 years," he said.
"USP recognises the fact that it has been undergoing rapid renewal both in Suva, around the region and in the Cook Islands."
Prof Chandra said in the Cook Islands, thierenewal commenced with the delivery of an increasing number of degree programs in-country.
"These degree programs have been targeted to meet national training needs and have been focused, primarily on education, economics, accountancy, business administration, hotel management, diplomacy and international affairs, agriculture and information systems," he added.
Currently students in the outer islands comprise 30 per cent of USP Cook Islands enrolments, a number which is proportionate to outer islanders' representation in the national population.