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At the forefront in ICT

Friday, November 09, 2012

IN today's day and age, the role of Information and Communication and Technology (ICT) is seen as an integral part of education and development.

Previous use of ICT in education was limited to a means of teaching computer literacy. Now, with the prominence on lower costs without compromising quality, ICT take on a broader role in the delivery of education.

ICT applications broaden the horizons for many students. These choices cover both when and where students choose to learn.The University of the South Pacific is well aware of these benefits and is committed to providing students with exposure to cutting edge ICT education and state-of-the-art ICT facilities.

USP connects with its students in remote campuses across the Pacific region via some of the region's most advanced online educational technology. Through a combination of Fiji's largest education internet link (via Australian Academic & Research Network - AARNet), state of the art network and server systems and USP's unique regional IP VSAT satellite system (USPNet), USP provides global connectivity for all its regional campuses facilitating a truly immersive research and educational environment for its students.

Many USP students arrive on campus having had little experience working with computers. However, USP provides the learning environment conducive to maximising students' potential. They are equipped with the necessary skills and experience to become well-educated, well rounded citizens of their respective countries.

The offer of a generic course on information literacy which all students must take as part of their programme expands the skills and expertise of students in ICT and information. Student computer labs are made available for teaching and research. Some labs are open 24 hours. These labs are equipped with the latest technology and applications students require for their studies.

To make internet accessible to all students, USP offers a quota system which allows students to access the internet for free. If the quota is exceeded and students still need to use the internet for ac­ademic and research purposes, students can request to have their quotas increased.

At the USP Laucala Campus, 90 per cent of student areas (hot spots) are covered by the USP wireless network. This includes student residential areas, allowing students to access the internet to study or do research almost anywhere. Our larger campuses in Vanuatu and Samoa also enjoy wireless connectivity.

USP enables students to use ICT to solve problems more efficiently. Students and graduates know that ICT hold the key to regional integration, development and the full involvement of small island nations in the global knowledge society.

The School of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences at USP offers Computing Science and Information Systems programmes from undergraduate to postgraduate levels. Some of the wide range of courses that students can choose from includes data communication, computer networks and security, internet computing, data mining and project management.

Recently two new professional Degrees in Computing Science (Bachelor of Software Engineering and Bachelor of Net Centric Computing) have received provisional accreditation from the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

This means that our graduates will have equal recognition in countries, and beyond in the same way as graduates from these countries. The provisional accreditation is for 2013 to 2015 when the first lot of students will graduate. In 2015, ACS will visit with a view to providing full accreditation.

Japan—Pacific ICT Centre

The Japan-Pacific ICT Centre has firmly established USP as the regional leader in ICT technology and services. The Centre acts as the ICT 'hub' of the Pacific Region.

With the opening of the Japan Pacific ICT Centre, students at Laucala campus have access to the latest technology with additional 260 new computers. Students in other campuses have access to these services, courses and opportunities through USP's own USPNet which will form the basic structure of a major evolving Pacific super highway.

If you are looking for quality and relevant courses in the ICT field or simply want to be on-par with the rest of the world when it comes to cutting edge technology, there is no better place than USP.

For students enrolled in courses at USP, such state-of-the-art ICT facilities guarantee that they can produce projects, assignments and research in an efficient manner without having to wait for hours to use a computer or not being able to easily access ICT resources.USP is definitely at the forefront of ICT education, development and services.

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