University of the South Pacific

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The University of the South Pacific
USP Suva Fiji Campus.jpg
ChancellorTaneti Maamau
Vice-ChancellorPal Ahluwalia
Fiji (main campus)

The University of the South Pacific (USP) is an intergovernmental organisation and public research university with locations spread throughout a dozen countries in Oceania. It is an international centre for teaching and research on Pacific culture and environment. USP's academic programmes are recognised worldwide, attracting students and staff from throughout the Pacific region and internationally.

The British colonial link and the establishment of the University of the South Pacific in 1968 allowed the education system to follow suit from the qualification system of the Commonwealth of Nations.

USP is owned by the governments of 12 Pacific island countries: the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Courses and programmes[edit]

USP offers undergraduate and postgraduate study programmes including:


USP's main campus, called Laucala, is in Fiji. The Alafua Campus in Samoa hosts the School of Agriculture and Food Technology. The Emalus Campus in Vanuatu is the location for the School of Law.

In addition, USP operates 11 regional centres based in Pacific islands countries. The region served by USP covers 33 million km2 of the Pacific ocean, an area more than three times the size of Europe. In contrast, the total land mass of territories served corresponds to the area of Denmark. Populations of member countries vary from Tokelau with 1,500 people to Fiji with more than 900,000 people. (The population of the region is about 1.3 million.)

Campus in Port Vila, Vanuatu, in 2013
Campus in Bairiki, Kiribati, in 2011
Campus in Honiara, Solomon Islands
Campus Town Country
Alafua Apia  Samoa
Emalus Port Vila  Vanuatu
Laucala Suva  Fiji
USP Cook Islands Rarotonga  Cook Islands
USP Kiribati Bairiki  Kiribati
USP Labasa Labasa  Fiji
USP Lautoka Lautoka  Fiji
USP Marshall Islands Majuro  Marshall Islands
USP Nauru  Nauru
USP Niue Alofi  Niue
USP Solomon Islands Honiara  Solomon Islands
USP Tokelau Atafu  Tokelau
USP Tonga Nuku'alofa  Tonga
USP Tuvalu Funafuti  Tuvalu

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