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

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 programmesEdit


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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