The University of the South Pacific has opened improved facilities in the Cook Islands with aid support from AusAID.
A half a million dollar extension includes a conference room and a computer laboratory.
The USP Vice Chancellor, Professor Rajesh Chandra, says the extension is timely with the Cook Islands graduating more than 200 students in-country over the past 10 years.
The Vice-Chancellor says the USP recognises it is undergoing a rapid renewal around the region.
He says in the Cook Islands, this renewal commenced with the delivery of an increasing number of degree programmes that aim to meet national training needs.
These include economics, business administration, hotel management, international affairs, agriculture and information systems.