This was the statement made by the Acting President of the Government of Nauru and Minister of Finance, Sustainable Development and Justice, Adeang, as he officially opened the 86th Meeting of the USP Council Tuesday at the new Nauru Campus in Yaren District.
“The development of human resource in my country is very important and thus education plays a critical role in this regard,” said Adeang, who is also a prominent alumni of USP, and graduated with a Bachelor of Law in 1993.
Adeang said the new Nauru Campus which was opened on 21 May 2018, “marks a new era for the development of education in Nauru.”
He added that the Learning Village of which the USP Nauru Campus is a part of, will facilitate the pathway and the opportunity for students to progress from high school to tertiary education and to realise their goals and dreams.
He also highlighted that the establishment of the Community Library as part of the new USP Nauru Campus is a significant development which will contribute to creating a learning community in Nauru by encouraging people of Nauru to read and thus broadening their knowledge.
Adeang thanked USP and all members of the Council for accepting the Government’s invite to host the 86th USP Council meeting in Nauru.
“This marks a milestone as this is the first meeting of the USP Council to be held in Nauru,” Adeang added.
He mentioned that the 86th Council meeting is even more historic as it coincides with the celebration of the USP’s 50th anniversary as well as Nauru’s 50th anniversary of independence.
Pro-Chancellor and Chair of USP Council, Winston Thompson humbly thanked the Acting President Adeang for accepting the invite to officially open the 86th Council meeting.
“It is an extremely proud moment for USP to have one of its alumni open this meeting,” Thompson said.
Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP in acknowledging the opening remarks by Adeang assured him that the University Council in their deliberations over the two day meeting will ensure “that focus on quality education through international accreditations, and our commitment to USP regional campuses, including the Nauru Campus, is maintained and enhanced.”
“Our focus on international accreditation as a way of ensuring excellence will continue in the new Strategic Plan that the 86th Council will deliberate on because it is this excellence, relevance, and embeddedness in our countries that will provide long-term sustainability for USP,” Professor Chandra added.
He took the opportunity to once again thank the Government of Nauru for the investment in the new Campus.
“The Government and people of Nauru have demonstrated their confidence and faith in the ability of the University to provide higher education and research needs of Nauru through their investment in the new Nauru Campus,” Professor Chandra said.
He further assured the Government and people of Nauru of USP’s commitment to providing a wider range of programmes to Nauruan youths and carry out more research in Nauru.
The two-day Council meeting will conclude today
Photo: Twitter/ Ana Tudrau-Tamani. Caption: The new USP campus and USPNet satellite in Nauru