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MICEBTN - january - March 2018 • Page 23 FIJI Golden anniversary for Suva- based South Pacific university ThE UNIvErsITy of the South Pacific is this year cele- brating its 50th anniversary. The regional institution, whose headquarters and main campus are in Suva, has contributed heavily to development of the South Pacif- ic, including in tourism and associated sectors. USP www.usp.ac.fj is one of only two regionally owned universities in the world – its owners are the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Solo- mon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Samoa. It now has campuses in most of these countries. Australia and New Zealand were key players in helping establish USP and fostering its growth. Assistance has also come from many other countries, corporates and multi-national bodies such as the European Union. The home campus was created on the site of the RN- ZAF’s search and rescue flying boat base at Laucala Bay; this covered much of the South Pacific for many years with lumbering but resilient Sunderland aircraft. Dame Meg Taylor, secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum – whose secretariat is also based in Suva – recently congratulated USP on its milestone. “We must acknowledge and celebrate the vision of our leaders, who began this journey half a century ago, to provide our peoples with higher learning on our shores; cultivating a common sense of identity based on our shared history and geography and recognising that we would achieve more together than individually. “50 years later, USP remains a flourishing symbol of our region’s determination to do and think for itself.” Taylor – a former PNG diplomat, international lawyer and community leader - acknowledged the vital contri- bution USP had made to the region, producing gener- ations of leaders, professionals, academics and public servants across all spheres.