USP to upgrade qualifications in sports science

(3rd from right) USP Council Winston Thompson with USP Lautoka Campus director Premila Devi and other officials from the institution in Lautoka earlier this week. Picture: SUPPLIED

ACADEMIC qualifications in sports science would be increased by the University of the South Pacific.

While speaking in Lautoka this week during the university’s 50th anniversary celebrations, USP Council chairman Winston Thompson said discussions have begun on the possibility for the institution to further upgrade the qualifications of individuals in the field of sports science.

“All member island countries of USP are very keen in sports and unless we develop our facilities in a professional way we are not going to do well in the future events,” he said.

“It is a fairly important priority for our teaching facilities in the Pacific and I am hoping we will be able to do something.”

USP 50th anniversary project manager Peter Stewart explained the impact that sports has had in the Pacific.

He said that research has shown that almost 30 per cent of remittance that comes to Fiji and other island countries were through sports.
He said that the significance of sports in the Pacific was gaining more recognition.

He added that in 2019, three Masters in Sports Research scholarships would be awarded to USP students for the further development of sports science curriculum was on the institution’s radar.

“Therefore sports science is an area USP will be looking at developing for the future of athletes, administrators and all those working in the sports industry,” he said.

Mr Thompson spoke at an education stakeholders seminar hosted by USP at its Lautoka Campus.

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