21 Jun 2012

University of the South Pacific to expand in Tonga

3:15 pm on 21 June 2012

The head of the University of the South Pacific in Tonga says she's thrilled the government of Tonga has agreed to lease 14 acres to the University to expand its facilities.

Ana Koloto says the USP is trying to be more responsive to students of the 12 member countries and cater for growing numbers of tertiary students.

She says in the past three years the number of students enrolled at the Tongan campus has tripled to 1,200.

She says Tonga runs the Regional Institute of Education and that faculty will be the first to benefit from the planned building programme which will start next year.

"The first building that's going to go up in the new land is the building of a fale or house for the Institute of Education. We also aim to have a centre for post graduate studies where our MBA programmes as well as our Master's in Education and all other Master's programmes will be located."

Dr Koloto says there will also be new science and computer laboratories, a new multi-purpose lecture theatre and recreation facilities.