15 May 2013

USP eyes expansion in Tonga

3:28 pm on 15 May 2013

The University of the South Pacific has launched its strategic plan for Tonga, with the vice chancellor Professor Rajesh Chandra saying he hopes many more Tongans will study at the institution.

He says the USP intends modernising and expanding its facilities in Tonga, opening up new opportunities to a wider section of Tongan society.

The Pro Chancellor and Chair of Council, Ikbal Jannif, says the development of the regional campuses is a high priority under the strategic plan and he thanked the government for giving additional six hectares of land for the university's campus in Nuku'alofa.

Tonga's prime minister, Lord Tu'ivakano, says the launching marks a new beginning for the USP and a celebration of the enduring close ties between Tonga and the regional university.