UNIVERSITY of the South Pacific vice-chancellor Professor Rajesh Chandra wants to see more practical things from the School of Engineering following the purchase of two new 3D printers this week.
Prof Chandra said the printers leveraged USP's profile as it moved into a more competitive environment that could put them further ahead in the game.
"It's about recognising the potential of emerging technology.
"I would like our School of Engineering to do more practical things because this is the bridge between academia and industry, that's very important.
"I'd like our students to design new products."
He said the printers meant students could visualise and feel what a particular design was.
"This is also a signal that the university will invest in ensuring that it is leaping ahead more and more in utilising all of the technology available for our students, for industry and for research.
"As we get into a more competitive environment, what makes us successful is where we are, and in technology, we are far ahead of the game."
He challenged those who will use the printers to dream a bit more, experiment and engage in the industry.