THE USP marked the launch of a three-year term partnership with New Zealand at the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies this week.
The new partnership will provide the university with $NZ15million ($F22.3m) over the 2013-2015 period to support the implementation of the new USP Strategic Plan 2013-2018 which was approved by the USP council last November.
USP vice chancellor Professor Rajesh Chandra said over the years, New Zealand funded several projects of the university, such as the Pacific Regional Initiative for the Development of Education (PRIDE) and the Governance and Management Enhancement and Strengthening Project (GMES).
"USP has proven that it can deliver higher quality, greater efficiency, and better graduates and has been encouraged by its members, stakeholders, and development partners, especially Australia and New Zealand, to build on this success and to do even more," he said. "It has grown from being a good regional university into one that is truly providing exceptional value and outstanding results."
NZ Acting Head of Mission Phillip Taula said USP was arguably one of the best examples of effective regional co-operation, adding that it is a place where people come together, and where relationships and networks are formed.
"Through USP, and other education providers, countries place their hopes of a better future," said Mr Taula.
"USP helps countries to build capacity and increase their ability to meet development needs, whether it be in marine science, education, engineering, social science or private sector development, to name a few."
The USP-New Zealand partnership launch was celebrated in conjunction with the USP-Australia partnership extension.