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Faculty of business and economics

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) at the University of the South Pacific is dedicated to the creation and dissemination of knowledge in research, teaching, and consultancy. The faculty is committed to becoming the intellectual centre of excellence in Pacific-based public and private sector management education and scholarship.

FBE's academic focus is directed towards developing professionals who can sustain and develop the work of the public and private sectors of the region's economies.

Academic programmes offered by FBE are interwoven with ethics, governance and leadership, producing leaders sensitive to social issues. The graduate programs offered by FBE have been recently included in the Eduniversal Ranking of the

Best Masters and Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs worldwide in 2011. Five Masters Programs

(MBA, M.Com in Accounting, M.Com in Management and Public Administration, M.Com in Economics and MA in Tourism studies) offered by FBE were ranked in the Top 200 for the Best Masters in 30 majors over nine geographic regions. In order to keep academic programs relevant and of high quality, FBE staff remain student-focused and are always willing to assist students in preparing for their respective professional careers.

New programs

We continue to align programs and curricula with the ever-changing needs of organisations including government. FBE has designed the following new programmes for this year:

* Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management; and

* Postgraduate Diploma in Public Sector Management. (both offered by the School of Management & Public Administration)

The Graduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Public Sector Management are offered as on the job education programs aimed at improving the management capacity of Pacific civil servants. It provides an understanding of governance and public sector management concepts vis-à-vis their practical implications in the Pacific.

These programs will meet the capacity development needs of regional countries and will be particularly useful for public servants in the South Pacific to upgrade their qualification and skills. They are designed to meet the professional development needs of middle level public servants in the Pacific Islands as well as to assist Pacific Island Governments that are currently implementing public sector reform programmes to improve the productivity and effectiveness of their public sectors.

The Graduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Public Sector Management will provide graduates with skills in public financial management, strategic planning, public policy analysis, human resource management, public services marketing and management, leadership and organisational behaviour. This will help graduates to play a leading role in reforming the public sectors by utilising their new skills in performance management and policy analysis.

* Diploma in Leadership, Governance and Human Rights. (offered by the School of Government, Development & International Affairs)

This new program will provide training and a recognised qualification in leadership, governance and human rights for people throughout the Pacific region. It will benefit people working or interested in community and/or social development sectors.

The program will be offered at the undergraduate level and is funded by AusAID through the Pacific Leadership Program.

It is a collaborative project by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community/Regional Rights Resource Team and USP. The Diploma program will begin in the first semester of 2013.

The program will meet a recognised need for knowledgeable people in the areas of leadership, governance and human rights.

People throughout the region will be able to study the Diploma without leaving home as it will be available by distance education. This will enable people to continue with their normal activities and family commitments while studying.


Enquiries about the two programs should be directed to the following persons;

Graduate Certificate & Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Management:

Dr Gurmeet Singh, Associate Dean, Research and Post Graduate Affairs—Faculty of Business & Economics


Ph: (679) 323 2464

Diploma in Leadership:

Mrs. Neeta Pratt

USP administrative officer for the Diploma


Ph: (679) 323 1848.

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