The University of the South Pacific (USP) is the premier provider of tertiary education in the Pacific region and an international centre of excellence for teaching, a research consulting and training on all aspects of Pacific culture, environment and human resource development needs.

About the University

USP - An Introduction

The University of the South Pacific is the premier institution of higher learning for the Pacific region, uniquely placed in a region of extraordinary physical, social and economic diversity.

Established in 1968, USP is one of only two universities of its type in the world. It is jointly owned by the governments of 12 member countries: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Samoa. The University has campuses in all member countries. The main campus, Laucala, is in Fiji. The Alafua Campus in Samoa is where the School of Agriculture and Food Technology is situated, and the Emalus Campus in Vanuatu is the location for the School of Law.

The academic Schools, Institutes and Centres at the University of the South Pacific are organised into three faculties and led by Deans.

These are the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education; the Faculty of Business and Economics; and the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment. Each faculty comprises a number of schools which offer a wide range of academic programmes and courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The University also offers programmes through distance and flexible learning in a variety of modes and technologies throughout USP's 14 campuses.

Advanced communication technologies through USPNet are used to reach distance and flexible learning students across the vast expanses of the Pacific Ocean.

The multi-cultural nature of the staff and student body give USP an exceptional character. It is a quality institution producing degrees comparable to those awarded by universities in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Graduates from USP are found in important executive positions throughout the public and private sectors in all member countries and in numerous countries around the world.

The University has set a high standard for quality in its research. Major research commitments include business management, teacher education, Pacific studies, marine studies, agriculture, science and technology.

The University Region

The University of the South Pacific region spreads across 33 million square kilometres of ocean, an area more than three times the size of Europe. In contrast, the total land mass is about equal to the area of Denmark. Populations vary in size from Tokelau with 1600 people to Fiji with more than 800,000. The total population is about 1.3 million.

International airlines flying routes between Australia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and the United States link a number of the island countries. There are also airlines which service the region. Within countries, inter-island shipping is used to reach smaller islands without air services.

Because of its strategic position and facilities, USP attracts eminent scholars and staff from all over the world.

University Administration

USP is governed by its own Council, which includes representatives of the member country governments, academic staff, students, community and business leaders, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the American Council of Education, the Privy Council, Australia and New Zealand.

The Senate is the academic authority of the University, responsible for matters such as teaching and research.

The Council and the Senate are served by committees working in such areas as Finance, Human Resource Management and Academic Planning. Other committees deal with special projects and the day-to-day work of the University.

The ceremonial head of the University is the Chancellor. USP's Chancellors have been drawn from the leaders of the University's member governments and include Prime Ministers, Presidents and Heads of State. The Pro-Chancellor is Chair of Council and the executive head of the University is the Vice-Chancellor. The Vice-Chancellor is assisted by two Deputy Vice-Chancellors and two Pro-Vice-Chancellors.

The Senior Management Team is responsible for the welfare of the University community. The Executive Director of Finance is concerned with control of University finances. The Executive Director Human Resources manages the University's human resources. In total, USP employs more than 1,500 staff.

USP's Vision, Mission and Values

Our Vision

Achieving excellence and innovation for sustainable development of the Pacific Island Countries

Our Mission

  • To provide Pacific people with a comprehensive range of excellent and relevant tertiary qualifications;
  • To deliver the benefits of advanced research and its applications;</li>
  • To provide communities and countries in the Pacific region with relevant, cost-effective and sustainable solutions, including entrepreneurship, to their main challenges; and
  • To be an exemplar of tertiary education for the Pacific Islands in quality, governance, application of technology and collaboration with national tertiary institutions.

Our Values

  • Commitment and loyalty of staff and students to the institution and the region;
  • Highest standards of governance, leadership, academic freedom, integrity and transparency;
  • Highest standards of creativity, innovation, teamwork and flexibility in the pursuit of excellence;
  • Investments in staff, rewarding staff excellence, and empowerment of all USP teams;
  • Respect for distinctiveness and diversity in our Pacific heritage and its development, preservation and dissemination;
  • Commitment to regional cooperation and integration;
  • Positive and inclusive learning and living environments for student excellence;
  • Support for flexible learners in all locations for success in work, life and citizenship;
  • Protection and nurturing of the environment;
  • Strong relationships to guide engagement with national governments, Pacific communities, and development partners;
  • Humility in performance, learn from others, value the trust is given, and honour Pacific knowledge, contexts and aspirations.

Ultimately, both the Vision and Mission of this Strategic Plan will be realised through the contribution and attributes of USP’s graduates and staff. These are the key drivers of the Strategic Plan.

Programs taught in:
English

This school also offers:

BA

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Offered by the School of Education (SOE) under different programmes to meet the current and emerging educational and developmental goals of the Pacific island nations. Th ... [+]

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) programme consists of 24 courses of which 8 courses are at 100-level, 8 courses are at 200-level and 8 courses are at 300-level including 2 x 100-level university courses and 2 x 200-level university courses. The disciplines permitted as a major for the Bachelor of Arts degree in 2017 are:

Bachelor of Education

Offered by the School of Education (SOE) under different programmes to meet the current and emerging educational and developmental goals of the Pacific island nations. The school offers programmes in the following disciplines: Early Childhood Education, Special and Inclusive Education, Primary and Secondary Education, Library/Information Studies, Non-Formal Education, Educational Evaluation, Educational Leadership and Change and Tertiary Teaching.The teacher education programmes are continuously rationalized and developed to ensure that they incorporate Pacific values, ethics, knowledge systems and indigenous pedagogy where possible. It also takes into account best and ‘smart’ practices developed regionally and globally.... [-]

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The School of Geography, Earth Science, and Environment (SGESE) offers the Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Management) along with other programmes, to provide an integrat ... [+]

The School of Geography, Earth Science, and Environment (SGESE) offers the Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Management) along with other programmes, to provide an integrated understanding of the Earth, its biophysical environment and the people who inhabit it. This is an exciting time for those involved in these fields. The consequences of environmental change extend to the remotest corners of the Earth and have an impact on all its inhabitants. The links between human activity and the natural environment are stronger than at any time in history. And the spatial scale has been thrust to the forefront of environmental investigation. In such a context, those with an understanding of the behaviour of the physical environment, human interaction with that environment, and the capacity to understand the operation of the global system at synoptic scales and beyond the constraints of traditional disciplines are in high demand.... [-]

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Studying history helps you to become a critical thinker, an independent researcher, and a conscientious global citizen. As a historian, you learn about past societies and ... [+]

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) programme consists of 24 courses of which 8 courses are at 100-level, 8 courses are at 200-level and 8 courses are at 300-level including 2 x 100-level university courses and 2 x 200-level university courses. The disciplines permitted as a major for the Bachelor of Arts degree in 2017 are:

Bachelor of History

Studying history helps you to become a critical thinker, an independent researcher, and a conscientious global citizen. As a historian, you learn about past societies and examine the processes that underlie global and local events. You learn how to carefully weigh the evidence and come to well-supported conclusions. You also learn how to critically respond to the arguments of others. You will know answers to some big questions, such as Why did China build the Great Wall? Why did Karl Marx think all workers were in chains? And other important questions related to the History of the Pacific Islands.... [-]

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Offered by the School of Social Sciences, Psychology involves the study of individuals and groups – how we think, act, react and interact. Its application is based on two ... [+]

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) programme consists of 24 courses of which 8 courses are at 100-level, 8 courses are at 200-level and 8 courses are at 300-level including 2 x 100-level university courses and 2 x 200-level university courses. The disciplines permitted as a major for the Bachelor of Arts degree in 2017 are:

Bachelor of Psychology

Offered by the School of Social Sciences, Psychology involves the study of individuals and groups – how we think, act, react and interact. Its application is based on two fundamental principles, namely, the betterment of individual, group and community life and absence of harm.

These characteristics have made psychology a thriving academic discipline and a vital professional practice whose influence relates to most aspects of private and public life. These include education, health, management, the economy, workplace practices, social welfare, mental health and notions of social justice.... [-]

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Sociology is offered by the School of Social Sciences and equips students with unique and solid analytical skills and competencies to benefit their future careers in dive ... [+]

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) programme consists of 24 courses of which 8 courses are at 100-level, 8 courses are at 200-level and 8 courses are at 300-level including 2 x 100-level university courses and 2 x 200-level university courses. The disciplines permitted as a major for the Bachelor of Arts degree in 2017 are:

Bachelor in Sociology

Sociology is offered by the School of Social Sciences and equips students with unique and solid analytical skills and competencies to benefit their future careers in diverse areas such as social policy, education, criminal justice, gender, public health, urban planning, social welfare, public administration, international relations, management, etc.... [-]

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Apart from the prescribed Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme, Law is also offered as a discipline which can be taken in combination with disciplines of different areas of i ... [+]

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) programme consists of 24 courses of which 8 courses are at 100-level, 8 courses are at 200-level and 8 courses are at 300-level including 2 x 100-level university courses and 2 x 200-level university courses. The disciplines permitted as a major for the Bachelor of Arts degree in 2017 are:

Bachelor of Arts in Law

Apart from the prescribed Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme, Law is also offered as a discipline which can be taken in combination with disciplines of different areas of interest. Offered by the School of Law (SOL) to provide you with a rich and rewarding experience in legal education.

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BSc

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The Division of Biology provides biology courses for undergraduate and postgraduate study programmes within the Faculty of Science and Technology. The courses provided by ... [+]

The Bachelor of Science is a three-year programme comprising twenty-four courses; of which eight courses are at 100-level, eight courses at 200-level, and eight courses at 300-level. The disciplines permitted as a major or minor for the Bachelor of Science degree in 2017 are:

Bachelor in Biology

The Division of Biology provides biology courses for undergraduate and postgraduate study programmes within the Faculty of Science and Technology. The courses provided by the division strike a balance between traditional studies in biology and modern advances in biological research at levels ranging from molecules to communities.

The University of the South Pacific is ideally situated to offer high quality degree-level courses. In particular, it provides a perfect opportunity for in-depth, first-hand studies of two of the most diverse, yet contrasting ecosystems in the world – tropical rainforests and coral reefs (both can be visited from the Laucala campus on the same day). Several of our advanced courses emphasize the ecology and conservation of these systems, which are important throughout the South Pacific region.... [-]

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Chemistry is the central science. All aspects of technical development require people with expertise in chemistry. A basic chemical education is required of doctors, dent ... [+]

The Bachelor of Science is a three-year programme comprising twenty-four courses; of which eight courses are at 100-level, eight courses at 200-level, and eight courses at 300-level. The disciplines permitted as a major or minor for the Bachelor of Science degree in 2017 are:

Bachelor in Chemistry

Chemistry is the central science. All aspects of technical development require people with expertise in chemistry. A basic chemical education is required of doctors, dentists, engineers, agriculturalists, foresters, factory managers, etc. Thus, there is a continuing need for chemistry teachers in the region. In addition, there is an increasing need for graduates with some chemistry background for work in the industry as quality control staff, production managers and in a range of government and private research laboratories, e.g. mineral exploration, environmental pollution monitoring, agriculture. The contribution of chemistry graduates to regional development is considerable. ... [-]

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Computing science (CS) spans the range from theory through programming to cutting-edge development of computing solutions. Computer science offers a foundation that permi ... [+]

The Bachelor of Science is a three-year programme comprising twenty-four courses; of which eight courses are at 100-level, eight courses at 200-level, and eight courses at 300-level. The disciplines permitted as a major or minor for the Bachelor of Science degree in 2017 are:

Bachelor of Computing Science

Computing science (CS) spans the range from theory through programming to cutting-edge development of computing solutions. Computer science offers a foundation that permits graduates to adapt to new technologies and new ideas. The work of computer scientists falls into three categories:

a) designing and building software; b) developing effective ways to solve computing problems, such as storing information in databases, sending data over networks or providing new approaches to security problems; and c) devising new and better ways of using computers and addressing particular challenges in areas such as artificial intelligence. Most computer science programs require some mathematical background.... [-]

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This discipline, offered by the School of Geography, Earth Science & Environment, introduces students to the study of the Earth’s biophysical environment, the wide fi ... [+]

The Bachelor of Science is a three-year programme comprising twenty-four courses; of which eight courses are at 100-level, eight courses at 200-level, and eight courses at 300-level. The disciplines permitted as a major or minor for the Bachelor of Science degree in 2017 are:

Bachelor in Geography

This discipline, offered by the School of Geography, Earth Science & Environment, introduces students to the study of the Earth’s biophysical environment, the wide field of human geography, as well as other courses that teach Geography with emphasis on the Pacific Islands such as the nature and distribution of the world’s plant and animal resources in the Pacific.

Programme Requirements: Allowed as a double major for the Bachelor of Science only in combination with the following other major disciplines: Biology and Information Systems.... [-]

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This program does not follow the usual programme requirements for major and minor disciplines but instead have prescribed sets of courses, across discipline boundaries. ... [+]

The Bachelor of Science - Prescribed Programme is a three-year programme comprising twenty-four courses; eight courses at 100-level, eight courses at 200-level, and eight courses at 300-level.

Bachelor in Marine Management

This program does not follow the usual programme requirements for major and minor disciplines but instead have prescribed sets of courses, across discipline boundaries. These programmes are offered by the School of Marine Studies (SMS), with a mission to:

Assist Pacific Islanders to understand, conserve, develop, manage and utilize their living and non-living resources in a rapidly changing world. Provide Pacific Islanders with the widest possible range of opportunities for research, education, training, and employment in the marine sectors. Encourage collaboration within the institutions of The University of the South Pacific, island nations, regional and international bodies for the sustainable development of the marine resources ... [-]
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This program does not follow the usual programme requirements for major and minor disciplines but instead have prescribed sets of courses, across discipline boundaries. ... [+]

The Bachelor of Science - Prescribed Programme is a three-year programme comprising twenty-four courses; eight courses at 100-level, eight courses at 200-level, and eight courses at 300-level.

Bachelor of Marine Science

This program does not follow the usual programme requirements for major and minor disciplines but instead have prescribed sets of courses, across discipline boundaries. These programmes are offered by the School of Marine Studies (SMS), with a mission to:

Assist Pacific Islanders to understand, conserve, develop, manage and utilize their living and non-living resources in a rapidly changing world. Provide Pacific Islanders with the widest possible range of opportunities for research, education, training, and employment in the marine sectors. Encourage collaboration within the institutions of The University of the South Pacific, island nations, regional and international bodies for the sustainable development of the marine resources ... [-]
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A study in mathematics is a study of the principles that are shared by all, and in the tools that are available for all to describe and analyze the world. Graduates with ... [+]

The Bachelor of Science is a three-year programme comprising twenty-four courses; of which eight courses are at 100-level, eight courses at 200-level, and eight courses at 300-level. The disciplines permitted as a major or minor for the Bachelor of Science degree in 2017 are:

Bachelor of Mathematics

Mathematics is considered to be the foundation of all science. It is the language used by engineering, applied science, life science, social science, and business.

There is a high demand for people with a solid mathematical understanding, and mathematicians work with people in all fields.

A study in mathematics is a study of the principles that are shared by all, and in the tools that are available for all to describe and analyze the world. Graduates with a degree in Mathematics are valued for their analytic skills and their ability to approach and solve problems using logic and abstract thinking.... [-]

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BSc students interested in studying Physics can choose to take Physics as a Single Major, Double Major or Minor. BEd students may choose Physics as their second Major. Ot ... [+]

The Bachelor of Science is a three-year programme comprising twenty-four courses; of which eight courses are at 100-level, eight courses at 200-level, and eight courses at 300-level. The disciplines permitted as a major or minor for the Bachelor of Science degree in 2017 are:

Bachelor in Physics

Physics is a fundamental science which provides us with a quantitative understanding of our physical environment. Physics is also the foundation of engineering and technology. An understanding of the basic laws of Physics is important in a wide range of occupations. For example, a qualification in Physics has direct application in science teaching, meteorology, communications, environmental science, computing, and electronics. Click here for reasons why you should study Physics. The general skills acquired by studying Physics - analytical skills, logical thinking, measurement, problem-solving and experimental techniques - give students a uniquely broad preparation, applicable in many spheres.... [-]

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Bachelor

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The Bachelor of Commerce is a three-year programme comprising twenty-four courses of which eight courses are at 100-level, eight courses are at 200-level and eight course ... [+]

The Bachelor of Commerce is a three-year programme comprising twenty-four courses of which eight courses are at 100-level, eight courses are at 200-level and eight courses are at 300-level including two 100-level and two 200-level university courses.

The disciplines permitted as a major for the Bachelor of Commerce Degree in 2017 are:

Accounting International Business Management Human Resource Management Tourism Management Banking Economics Management, Tourism

Accounting

Offered by the School of Accounting and Finance (SOAF) which is the largest of the seven schools in the Faculty of Business and Economics. The school’s main objectives include providing courses in Accounting and Finance which are accessible and relevant to all students within the region, with the highest quality teaching, learning and support services; and to engage in research which has important contributions to the discipline of accounting and relevant policy implications.... [-]

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The Bachelor of Commerce in Professional Accounting is a prescribed programme and exists for students who are already in the accounting field or have previous work experi ... [+]

The Bachelor of Commerce in Professional Accounting is a prescribed programme and exists for students who are already in the accounting field or have previous work experience in accounting, and wish to pursue their career in a professional accounting firm.

This programme consists of 24 courses, of which eight are at 100-level, eight are at 200-level and eight at 300-level.

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The Bachelor of Commerce in Tourism and Hospitality Management degree programme has been designed to meet the demands of employers for the strategic, technological and ma ... [+]

The Bachelor of Commerce in Tourism and Hospitality Management degree programme has been designed to meet the demands of employers for the strategic, technological and managerial skills considered necessary in this exciting and dynamic industry.

The programme incorporates the theory and knowledge you gain from a traditional degree program in business administration and tourism studies, along with experiential learning in tourism industry sectors. Throughout the programme, you will engage in analyzing a series of business and management scenarios for which you will prepare recommendations and solutions. The programme also provides an international perspective through case studies that reflect the global nature of the tourism industry... [-]

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The Bachelor of Engineering degree is a four-year programme comprising thirty-two courses, eight at the 100-level, eight at 200-level, sixteen at 300-level plus an indust ... [+]

The Engineering Programmes, offered by the School of Engineering & Physics (SEP) provides training to suit the workforce needs of the region, especially for the USP member countries.

Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics

have received accreditation from the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ)

Engineering degrees accredited by IPENZ are recognised as meeting the initial academic requirements for professional engineers.

The Bachelor of Engineering degree is a four-year programme comprising thirty-two courses, eight at the 100-level, eight at 200-level, sixteen at 300-level plus an industrial attachment and workshop practice component.... [-]

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The Bachelor of Engineering degree is a four-year programme comprising thirty-two courses, eight at the 100-level, eight at 200-level, sixteen at 300-level plus an indust ... [+]

The Engineering Programmes, offered by the School of Engineering & Physics (SEP) provides training to suit the workforce needs of the region, especially for the USP member countries.

Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical

have received accreditation from the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ)

Engineering degrees accredited by IPENZ are recognised as meeting the initial academic requirements for professional engineers.

The Bachelor of Engineering degree is a four-year programme comprising thirty-two courses, eight at the 100-level, eight at 200-level, sixteen at 300-level plus an industrial attachment and workshop practice component.

Both programmes have the same admission regulations and have prescribed sets of courses plus an industrial attachment and workshop practice component.... [-]

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Net-centric computing covers a range of sub-specialities including computer communication network concepts and protocols, multimedia systems, Web standards and technologi ... [+]

Recent advances in computer and telecommunications networking have increased the importance of networking technologies in the computing discipline. Net-centric computing is a relatively new branch of computing, and it represents a paradigm shift to the internet computing model.

Net-centric computing covers a range of sub-specialities including computer communication network concepts and protocols, multimedia systems, Web standards and technologies, network security, wireless and mobile computing, and distributed systems. Upon graduation, our graduates can expect to find employment opportunities in private and public sectors where ICT are used. A wide range of career options include but are not limited to, Network Administrator, Network Analyst, Consultant, and Applications Developer for Internet and mobile environments. USP offers the degree Bachelor of Net-centric computing. This is a four-year professional degree.... [-]

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The Bachelor of Software Engineering (BSE) is intended to produce quality, world-class graduates in this rapidly developing discipline. The degree has been specially desi ... [+]

Software engineering is a systematic and disciplined approach to developing software. It applies both computer science and engineering principles and practices to the creation, operation, and maintenance of software systems.

The Bachelor of Software Engineering (BSE) is intended to produce quality, world-class graduates in this rapidly developing discipline. The degree has been specially designed in response to industry demand to produce graduate software engineers with software systems project capability. Graduates who can offer skills in these areas are in demand by business and government organizations concerned with software development. Graduates will be prepared for careers across all industries as Software Engineers, Applications Developers, Programming Specialists, and Systems Analyst. USP offers the degree Bachelor of Software Engineering. This is a four-year professional degree.... [-]

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