Bid to boost knowledge

THE University South Pacific (USP) is expected to benefit from a new regional agreement in areas of quality education, disaster resilience and capacity development.

The premier Pacific institution yesterday signed a co-operation agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to boost knowledge collaboration between the two organisations.

This will identify how ADB and USP will collaborate on improving the capacity of policy analysis and public sector management and further contribute to the search for practical and sustainable knowledge solutions to various development issues in the Pacific.

It will also focus on capacity development in designing climate and disaster resilient infrastructure projects, while facilitating regional co-operation and integration through knowledge sharing.

The agreement was sealed by ADB’s vice-president for knowledge management and sustainable development Bambang Susantono and USP vice-chancellor and president Professor Rajesh Chandra during a signing ceremony at the ADB Headquarters in Manila yesterday.

Mr Susantono, in a USP statement, said the agreement would foster more innovative and sustainable knowledge solutions.

“This will in turn improve timeliness and efficiency in sharing development experiences and lessons within ADB’s developing member countries in the Pacific,” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Professor Chandra who said the knowledge collaboration agreement would encourage the exchange of experience and knowledge of best practices.

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