BY BEN BILUA
THE University of South Pacific, Solomon Islands Campus will host the University’s 50th anniversary celebration this year.
Acting Director of USP, SI Campus, Mrs Patricia Rodie said preparation to host the important event is underway.
She said the weeklong event with lots of interesting activities will take place in April.
Rodie said USP is owned by 12 countries; Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
She explained that these countries have contributed to fund the university on an annual basis.
Rodie adds that other countries in the region including our neighbouring country Papua New Guinea are showing their interests to become a member of the University.
She said USP has 14 campuses, three in Fiji and another 11 are distributed to 11 member countries including Solomon Islands.
“USP has three Faculties; the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE), the Faculty of Business and Economic (FBE) and the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE).
“These faculties are all offered here at the Solomon Islands Campus,” Rodie said.
She said USP Solomon Islands Campus was established in 1971 and now has established its centres in Gizo-Western Province, Lata – Temotu Province and Kirakira – Makira/Ulawa province.
Rodie stressed that USP SI campus is planning to establish its centres in each of the provinces in the next three to five years as students enrolment continues to increase.
She said more than 30,000 plus students have signed up to study at the university with the number expecting to increase every year.