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USP eyes accreditation from American team

Serafina Silaitoga
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

AN American team from the West Senior Colleges in Universities Commissions (WSCUC) is expected in the country in April to review an application by the University of the South Pacific to be accredited under WSCUC for American markets.

USP's vice-chancellor and president Professor Rajesh Chandra said the team would visit the campus to validate details contained in USP's application for accreditation.

"This is very important for us because America is one of the biggest markets and if they are entirely happy then they will accredit us," he said.

"There are so many steps they have to look at and they will test our report when they arrive in April, so if we say that we have student learning support, they will talk to students about it.

"If we say our graduates are articulate, they will want to talk to our graduates or their employers.

"If they see all and are satisfied then we get accredited in American system. And once they credit you as a university, that means everything inside is accredited."

Prof Chandra said if the team wanted USP to do more work in regards to the accreditation, then they would do so.

"If a little bit more work needs to be done then they will return to examine us in a year or so.

"We are recognised all over the world and professional accreditation with Australia and New Zealand that recognises us."

The university's relationship with private donors has strengthened over the past few years.

"Financing the university to what we want it to be is always a challenge, but fortunately we get just over $50 million annually from other countries and agencies," Prof Chandra said.

"We have a good partnership with the Asian Development Bank and one important thing we have done is move from situation of the past where we used to apply for Government funds. We have changed that and we introduced an element of partnership with the ADB to obtain soft loans and we still do it and are able to generate savings to repay loans.

"We loaned from the Fiji National Provident Fund to build the students accommodation and this happened after 30 years."

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