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Filipe Naigulevu
Saturday, June 17, 2017

THREE new appointments have been made at the Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) of The University of the South Pacific (USP).

Pacific TAFE director Hasmukh Lal earlier this week welcomed the new heads of its three colleges, which is under the new structure of Pacific TAFE.

The new structure will also see pre-degree and sub-degree programs being offered through these three colleges.

While announcing the appointments, Mr Lal in a statement said he had full confidence in the new heads to provide academic and administrative leadership in their respective colleges.

The new appointees are:

* Hamish McCracken — head of college of business, tourism and hospitality.

Mr McCracken is an experienced tertiary educator and manager with around 15 years of experience working in universities, Polytechnic and private sector education in New Zealand.

In his most recent role before he joined Pacific TAFE, he was the commerce program co-ordinator at Northland polytechnic and managed 14 qualifications and 40 staff (permanent and part timers).

Mr McCracken joins Pacific TAFE with a good experience in multi-campus program delivery, balance of tertiary administrative and academic leadership skills and sound understanding of industry and market demand.

* Liviana Tabalala — head of college of arts and humanities.

Ms Tabalala had a progressive career in library for 23 years and as an academic for 18 years.

Prior to joining USP library as a graduate trainee, she was a secondary school teacher for five years.

With these experiences, she is the right appointment to manage and lead pre-degree and sub-degree programs of Pacific TAFE.

She comes with significant balance of senior administrative and teaching experience, a mandatory requirement for the position.

She is currently the vice-president of the Fiji Library Association (FLA) and has been part of an FLA Council that organises workshops for the profession, so as submissions to policymakers for the upgrade of libraries.

She is passionate about teaching library users how to get information from libraries/information centres.

* Dr Brad Carte — head of college of science, technology and environment.

The portfolio of the three appointees was provided to this newspaper by USP:

Dr Carte joins Pacific TAFE with vast industry exposure and academic experience.

Dr Carte was a lecturer for three years in the School of Marine Studies at USP for MS306 (Coral Reef Ecology and Management) and MS312 (Marine Pollution) and was responsible for leading a team that developed a new Bachelor in Marine Science program in consultation with USP's Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) senior management team.

In 2012, he was jointly awarded the Vice Chancellor's Prize for the most outstanding research publication.

He is an experienced and effective communicator and has published over 40 articles in peer reviewed journals and presented numerous presentations to both technical and general public audiences throughout the world.

These include the US, UK, Switzerland, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia and South Africa.

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